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Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

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Address: Agiou Mina 13, Thessaloniki, Greece
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+30 231 025 0406
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10:00 - 15:00
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Sun 10:00 - 14:00
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 15:00
Wed - Thu 17:00 - 20:00
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The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki was founded to honor the rich and...

The Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki was founded to honor the rich and creative Sephardic heritage as it evolved in the city of Thessaloniki.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.A research and documentation center operates within the premises, which aims to document and digitize archival documents from the Museum's own collection as well as archival material from other sources, thus creating a database accessible to visitors.The Museum provides special educational programs for schools.

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One can categorize the visit to this museum the same manner one does the others. Above all it's the extreme will to survive which stands as the major issue and all the connections... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One can categorize the visit to this museum the same manner one does the others. Above all it's the extreme will to survive which stands as the major issue and all the connections that the Jews of Salonica bring to all of us independently of our origins.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This excellent museum traces the history of the Jews from the time they arrived in Thessaloniki from Spain until the present. The once vibrant Jewish life in Thessaloniki was totally wiped out by the Nazis in 1943 when tens of thousands of Jews were rounded up and sent to Auschwitz. Well laid out, very intereresting, moving and important.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Excellent museum. Well laid out, informative, interesting and very moving - especially regarding the Holocaust and the situation after the war. The monument with all the names of the thousands who were murdered is simple and yet shocking as you can see whole families wiped out.

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Guernsey
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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

This museum situated on the first floor of a pretty building chronicles the history of Jews from the time they arrived from Spain until the present day. It was fascinating to learn of the large numbers of the community and their prominent place in the wealthy and influential society of Thessaloniki, especially during the 19th century. It relates the appalling... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

A small building telling the story of Jewish Thessaloniki. Once up on a time, there was a big city in Greece with Jewish life and culture. A community totally destroyed by the Nazi occupation in World War 2. The ground floor is just few saved remains of grave stones from the destroyed ancient grave-yard. Stones that were re-used as pavements... More 

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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Situated in the center of the old Salonica center, a remembrance of the history of the Jewish people that lived in Salonica through the ages! Among the published books, collections, etc, are tradicional songs of the sephardi Jews in lantino!

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Reviewed 9 February 2017

the jewish comminity in Thessalonki before WW2 was one of the welathiest and strongest in Europe. Thessaloniki jews were some 50% of the cities population. The German Nazis killed 96% of the comunity during WW2. the museum outlines the history of the Jewish comunity through history and rembers the murdered jews as well.,

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Reviewed 4 February 2017

Although I am not of Greek origin I found this Museum as a must to visit. The museum tells the story of the impressive past of the Jewish community there and how brutally it had been severed by the Nazis during ww2.

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Paphos, Cyprus
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

A very interesting insight into the history and struggle of the Jewish Population Of Thessaloniki. If you like world history this is for you. However some people might find it upsetting. Well worth the visit

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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

In this museum the story of the Jewish community of Thessaloniki is told in a precise and rather interesting way. Even though it is quite small, it gives the visitor a crystal image of the community throughout the years.

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