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  • Panorame. פּאַנאָראַמע is Yiddish for ‘panorama’. In German, פּאַנאָראַמע is (das) ‘Panorama’. In Hebrew, פָּנוֹרָמָה (‘panoramah’) is ‘panorama’. I...
  • Panorame. פּאַנאָראַמע is Yiddish for ‘panorama’. In German, פּאַנאָראַמע is (das) ‘Panorama’. In Hebrew, פָּנוֹרָמָה (‘panoramah’) is ‘panorama’. I took the background image above yesterday morning from the top of the Lycabettus Hill in central Athens, looking down towards the Acropolis, with the Saronic Gulf in the distance. As many of you will know, I was born and grew up in Hong Kong and I have to admit that the panorama above is probably more impressive than the one from Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island, as you have a 360 degree view of the Greater Athens area, with far fewer tourists, for now. If physically able, I would recommend walking up or at least down the Lycabettus Hill. For those unable to walk, there is a funicular to the top. If walking up, take the stairs from next to the @stgeorge_lycabettus_hotel in the Kolonaki area of Athens. ‘Panorama’ is of course a Greek word, consisting of ‘pan’, meaning ‘all’ and ‘orama’, meaning ‘sight’. What many Yiddish speakers and their descendants would have had in common with many other Viennese of other religions is a love of the nearby mountains. I remember a scene from the Austrian documentary ‘Vienna’s Lost Daughters’ (2007), directed by Mirjam Unger (*09 August 1970), which is about eight female Holocaust survivors, then aged over 80 years old, who all escaped Vienna as young ladies after the German invasion and were forced to start a new life in New York City. In the scene, one of the ladies featured in the documentary was walking on Brighton Beach with her husband. When asked by the interviewer if she enjoyed the beach, she gave a dismissive sigh and said she preferred the mountains to the sea. That probably revealed more than all the more formal structured interviews in the documentary. I would guess that the lady would have been happy on Lycabettus Hill, surrounded by Parnitha, Imittos, Pendeli and Egaleo, which are the mountains surrounding Athens on three sides. Perhaps, the lady from the documentary would have appreciated the sea in the distance more, with the over 1,000 metre high mountains around her! #yiddish #yiddishreloaded
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