The Last Jew On Crete

Rory Maclean tells the story of Nicholas Stavroulakis

In the 1950s Stavroulakis, whose roots are in Crete, arrived on the island after the Jewish community had been destroyed by the Nazis during the Second World War.

He recalls how he restored the crumbling Etz Hayyim Synagogue in Hania and has acted as the city's rabbi, despite frequently being the only member of his congregation.

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Rory Maclean tells the story of Nicholas Stavroulakis

In the 1950s Stavroulakis, whose roots are in Crete, arrived on the island after the Jewish community had been destroyed by the Nazis during the Second World War.

He recalls how he restored the crumbling Etz Hayyim Synagogue in Hania and has acted as the city's rabbi, despite frequently being the only member of his congregation.