American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A city of southern Macedonia near the Greek border. It was a major agricultural center in Roman times and an important Turkish military and commercial center in the 15th and 16th centuries. Population: 86,400.
- From Macedonian Битола (Bitola). (Wiktionary)
“By and large, Ashkenazim engaged in commerce, white-collar occupations and the professions, whereas Sephardim tended to be merchants and artisans, though some, especially in Sarajevo and Bitola, were working class.”
“By the mid-sixteenth century, Sephardim began to establish communities in the Balkan hinterlands of the Ottoman Empire, including Belgrade in Serbia, Sarajevo in Bosnia, and Skopje and Bitola (Monastir) in Macedonia, as well as in Dubrovnik and Split on the Dalmatian coast.”
“Estreja Ovadija (1922 – 1944), a young textile worker from Bitola who was active in the Communist youth movement and then the Communist Party during the war, joined the Partisans in 1943 and served as political commissar in a battalion of the Macedonian Brigade.”
“In 1933 WIZO created the Central Jewish Bureau for Productive Aid, which provided Jewish girls and boys with scholarships; ran campaigns to help needy Jewish children in Bitola; and supplied aid to Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany and Austria.”
“Sephardi women in major towns such as Belgrade, Sarajevo or Bitola lived within a very tight-knit Jewish society, having limited contact with the outside world and keeping their social and cultural activities confined largely within the Jewish quarter.”
“In the original it is not even the literary Macedonian but rather the Bitola dialect.”
“Inside the book are, however, neighbourhood drunks, wanker students, little gamer boys from the “Cyber” [internet café in Bitola], miserable little gypsies and menopause-stricken old bags.”
“A court in the city of Bitola found the bear guilty.”
“Macedonians from Tetovo have been swapping their homes with Albanians from the Slavic town of Bitola, where there have been two waves of anti-Albanian rioting and looting.”
“In Macedonia, a savings bank named TAT collapsed in 1997, erasing the economy of an entire major city, Bitola.”
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