Yehuda Haim Perahia was born into a notable Spanish-Jewish family who were expelled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. From Spain they moved to Italy where they made their home. During World War II, Perahia, spent two years in hiding in Athens. During this time he wrote two novels, Bimba and El ultimo esforso, a monograph on his family, La famille Perahia a Thessaloniki, and a book of poetry, Poemas. He also devoted himself to working on potential lectures and commentaries on the subject of Judaism in Salonika.
0 my God! Is it a dream or am I out of my mind?
What bitter reality do my eyes see, what confusion within me!
But is it possible? I touch myself, I murmur half words.
How can one believe in the total disappearance of the Jews, Your eternal servants!
My eyes, my eyes shed abundant and never-ending tears.
The misfortunes that befell Your people cannot be counted.
My brain tears apart, my mind is troubled and refuses to reason.
Human intelligence refuses to function before this evil.