Vladimir Janev is a PhD in history. He has studied at the University of Saint Cyril and Methodius in Skopje and he gratuated in 2000. In 2005 he received an MA in history. In 2006 he published a book with the title Jews in Macedonia (XV – XVII Century), in Macedonian . In 2009 he published a book with the title Jews in Macedonia (XV – XVII Century), volume 1, in English and Macedonian. In 2009 he started to write his doctoral thesis with a title Jews in Macedonia (1700 – 1912). In 2011 he finished his doctoral thesis , and the second volume of his book Jews in Macedonia (XV – XVII Century) in English and Macedonian was published.
The Jews in Macedonia (XV – XVII Century)
In the period from the XV until the XVII century, the Macedonian Jews had the status of citizens in the Ottoman Empire. The Jewish community in Macedonia consisted of three groups: Sephardim, Ashkenazim and Romaniots. The process of settlement of the Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews in Macedonia changed the function of the Jewish community. A lot of new municipalities, which were established by the Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews, joined the existing Romaniot’s municipalities. The names of these new municipalities were in accordance with the places where their members used to live, before they had been persecuted. After the settlement of the Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews in Macedonia, a process of gradual integration of the Jewish community began. Thanks to their quantity, as well as to their dominant culture in relation to the other two groups, the Sephardi Jews gradually imposed their language and customs. This led to the process of unification of the Jews in Macedonia. In this session we will look closer at these processes.