Odessa: Genius and Death in A City of Dreams
Odessa, Ukraine, was the Russian Empire’s gateway to the Middle East, its greatest commercial seaport, and home to one of the most vibrant Jewish communities in all of Europe. Mark Twain described it as “America in miniature” because of its mix of nationalities and religions. Odessa’s reputation for nurturing feisty dissenters, artful raconteurs, and good-natured crooks cemented its place among Europe’s great cities. But in the twentieth century Odessa was battered by pogroms, revolution, war, occupation and atrocities of the Holocaust.