THE LEGACY OF AMOS OZ FOR CONTEMPORARY ISRAEL - A CONVERSATION WITH FANIA OZ Print
Monday, 13 May 2019 09:33
On May 9, 2019 a de profundis and stirring conversation about the legacy of Amos Oz in today's Israel took place at V. & M. Theocharakis Foundation for Fine Arts and Music. The daughter of Amos Oz, Professor Fania Oz Salzberger, was invited to attend the event which marked the 71st anniversary of the independence of Israel and was organized by the Embassy of Israel and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece.

Fania Oz, a professor of history at Haifa University Law School, discussed with journalist Elias Maglinis, a literature critic and author himself and with Dimitris P. Sotiropoulos, a professor of history at the University of the Peloponnese.

During the event Fania Oz was welcomed by Mrs. Irit Ben-Abba, the Israeli Ambassador to Greece and by the Secretary General of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Mr. Victor Eliezer.  In her speech the Ambassador referred to the carry of the work of this important Israeli author in Greece and on how well-loved is he by the Greek public. The Secretary General, in his turn, mentioned the book "Jews and words", written by both Amos Oz and his daughter Fania and read some precise excerpts reflecting the relationship between Jews and God, concluding that "today we feel that Amos is with us, as well".   
At the beginning of the conversation Elias Maglinis welcomed Fania Oz and described his experience after meeting Amos Oz, when some years ago the Israeli writer delivered a lecture at the Athens Music Hall.
Fania Oz thanked for the cordial welcome and stated that what is important is that Amos lives not only through the pages of his books but is also present in the hearts of the people.  

Answering Maglinis' and Sotiropoulos' questions, Fania Oz referred to a great range of topics like the indissoluble ties between literature and politics which served as a compass in the life and the philosophic thought of Amos Oz. She emphasized on the similarities of the parallel historical paths existing between Hellenism and Judaism and the importance of the linguistic and textual continuity. She also spoke about the connection Jews have with literature, which derives from an obligation in the Mishnaic era, dictating that male Jews must study the Tora from their third year of age. She also mentioned the legacy of Law and Justice, a strong element for the Jewish people since the era of Ancient Israel. She also referred to the belief of Amos Oz concerning the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his statement that both parties have their share of right and the activism in favor of peace through a two State solution. She also strengthened her father's conviction on the value of a compromise not only concerning conflict and politics but also interpersonal relations.  Fania resumed the legacy her father left to Israel in three points: The Ten Commandments could have been reduced to just one: Do not do any harm. Create new ideas permanently by proposing new things. Don't seek in space what is lost in time. 

The event, which was presented by Mr. Ion Vassiliadis, cultural attaché of the Israeli Embassy in Athens, ended with questions asked by the audience and to which Mrs. Fania Oz answered transmitting the farseeing thoughts of her father though her personal analysis.

Fania Oz, who was accompanied by her mother Nili, was also the keynote speaker at an event held on Saturday May 11, 2019 in Thessaloniki, on the occasion of a special presentation organized by Kastaniotis publishing for the 16th International Book Fair of Thessaloniki.