Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki

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The Museum was set up by the local Jewish community as a tribute to the city’s rich and creative Sephardic heritage, which risked oblivion after the destruction of the entire community during the Holocaust. It recalls the history of Salonika’s Jews down the centuries, from the first settlement to today, passing through the era in which the city was known as the “Mother of Israel”. The Museum is housed in the city centre, in one of the few Jewish buildings to have survived the great fire of 1917. It hosts a research and documentation centre that collects and digitizes archival documents from the Museum’s own collection and from other sources in order to create a database accessible to visitors. Apart from an exhibition illustrating the history of the city’s Jews, the Museum reconstructs the aspect of the ancient Jewish cemetery and narrates the tragedy of the Holocaust that wiped out 98% of Salonika’s Jews. The Museum also features a library containing texts from the 16th to the 20th centuries on all aspects of Jewish life. 


Multimedia productions set up to present characters, stories, places, events which marked the history of Europe and its neighbouring regions. 
Interviews, movies, documentaries, exhibitions, trailers.


Original documents reproduced for reference.
Autograph sources, diaries, dedications, pictures, title pages, period articles, messages, phonograms, governmental, military and administrative clearances and orders, other archival exhibits.

Wefor is our Website dedicated to the figures of moral resistance against totalitarianism. The virtual Gardens of Europe’s Righteous and the teaching section YouFor are the core of this project realized by Gariwo, the forest of the Righteous. Through the establishment of the European Day of the Righteous by the Brussels Parliament, Wefor has received its highest recognition.