Jewish Museum in Thessaloniki, Greece
Explore the history of Thessaloniki
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Best time to visit
Oct - Apr
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About Jewish Museum in Thessaloniki
The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki reflects the life, culture and heritage of the Sephardic Jewish community of Greece. Sephardic Jews hail from the Iberian Peninsula or Sepharad in Spain. This ethnic community is spread across countries like Portugal and Greece. The museum is about their history and the evolution of their community.
The building in which the museum is housed was originally built by an Italian architect called Vitaliano Poselli. Its modern restoration had started in 1994, under the patronage of Andres Sefiha, the president of the Jewish community of Thessaloniki. It was completed and inaugurated in 2001 and opened for the public to witness the evolution of Jewish culture in Thessaloniki. The collection of the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki traces the city’s Sephardic culture back to when they first landed here.
The ground floor houses some enormous tomb stones and inscriptions found from a Jewish cemetery of the city, ruins of a Synagogue from the days of German occupation, old Hebrew manuscripts and some photographs dating back to 1913-14.
As you go up to the first floor, it has a complete timeline of Thessaloniki Jews from 3rd century BC, to the 15th and 16th century when it was at its peak, right up to the time of World War II, before the Holocaust took place and large parts of their community were deported to the camps. It displays several objects of rituals, documents, books and photographs related to the everyday lives of Thessaloniki Jews that could be salvaged and restored. There are letters, clothing, pre-war family photos and business documents, and many other objects of daily use among the displays.
There is a separate exhibit on the Holocaust, and what happened to the Thessaloniki Jews in that horrible catastrophe, displayed through documents and occasional photographs.
The museum offers an insight into how the Jews lived and thrived in the city. But more importantly, it once again reflects how much the War and the Holocaust affected every part of the Jewish community around the world – no matter how big or small.
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Yes, there are amenities for people with visual or motor disability – audio guides and wheelchairs are readily available upon asking the staff.
Entry fee to the museum is only 5 euros, which converts to around 5.73 dollars and 401 INR.
One can find out all about the Jews who resided in the city, their lifestyle, their rituals and daily chores as well as how the Holocaust affected their lives just as much as the east European countries.
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