Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece

The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki presents the history of Sephardic Jews and Jewish life in the city. The collection of the museum was based on the documents, ritual objects, and photographic collections as well as the library that used to be housed at Vasileos Herakleiou 26. The building was built in 1904 by the Italian architect, Vitaliano Poselli.

On the ground level are monumental stones and inscriptions that were once found in the great Jewish necropolis that lay to the east of the city walls. Accompanying these stones are a series of photographs showing the cemetery and visitors as it was in 1914.

Central to the first floor is a narrative history of the Jewish presence in Thessaloniki from the 3rd century BCE until the Second World War. A separate exhibit focuses on the Shoah, as it affected the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki. The majority of the community - some 49,000 persons - was systematically deported to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen where most of them perished.

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Founded: 2001
Category: Museums in Greece

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www.aejm.org
en.wikipedia.org

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Irit (3 months ago)
Very informative. We learned a lot about the history of the Jewish people in Thessaloniki. It was quite emotional for us
Johanna Pauls (3 months ago)
Wonderful museum especially focuding on the history and culture of Thessaloniki jews and greek jewish culture. Learned a lot.
Ilai Poliner (3 months ago)
Very impressive collection of Jewish history in Thessaloniki in the last 200 years and before. Staff was not attentive, no baggage service, nowhere to seat while reading.
Jianni Kar (6 months ago)
Very great place, a lot of information and history about the Jewish community of Thessaloniki since founding the city
Ian Millar (10 months ago)
Comprehensive insight into the history of Jewish life, centred around its contributions to Thessaloniki. Plenty to see and read. Very emotional section relating to the Holocaust. The time line from two German Officers arriving charged with the transportation of the community to the actual trains moving towards the camps is shockingly short. The memorial wall will bring tears as you see whole families names listed, along with spaces where research may still add names.
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