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“Small interesting museum”

Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki
Ranked #18 of 134 things to do in Thessaloniki
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Owner description: 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.
Ashland, Massachusetts
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“Small interesting museum”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

This museum details one of the tragedies of the history of Thessaloniki, the WWII deportation of Jews from the city, but it is also the history of a Jewish population that at one time was 50% of the population. This is a small and easily missed site on a side street off Venezelou. It is worth the effort to find it.

Visited June 2014
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“Must see”
Reviewed June 13, 2014

Imagine trying to write a book using only half the letters in the alphabet. This is visiting Salonica without knowing first it's jewish past and present. A city where even it's symbol, the White Tower, is a hebrew name that the christians adopted.

The museum is much too small for the history of 2000 years of uninterrupted jewish presence but a necessary stop with helpful people lurking in the corners.

Visited April 2014
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Limassol, Cyprus
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“A personal insight into the lives of Jewish people”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

This was a moving exhibition, telling the story of the Jewish people in Thessaloniki through artefacts and explanations. Some of the simplest things told a profound story.

We came here as I had read "The Thread" by Vistoria Hislop, which tells the story of the Jewish people during the second World War.

There were a couple of groups going round the small museum, but we were able to dodge them by going up in the lift to see the exhibits in peace and tranquillity.

Worth visiting if you enjoy learning about history through personal stories.

Visited May 2014
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Real and gripping”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

Can you imagine sitting in your home - in the same city where your family has been for 300 years - and one day, you and all of your family are simply removed and annihilated? This isn't science fiction and it isn't ancient history. This is 70 years ago. Don't believe it could happen today? Look at the images in this museum. See the faces of the families. Look into their eyes. This is human and important. I'm so pleased this museum exists to tell this important story. It is exceptionally well put together. It is on Minna - my favorite street in Thessaloniki just two blocks from the waterfront and the fragrant orange blossoms on the street drew me back over and over again. It should be noted that there is a walking tour of Jewish Thessaloniki that has nothing to do with the museum but they really should be connected and/or cross promoted, as one could go to the museum and not realize that there is a City Walking Tour to bring the exhibition to life in 3D. The tour operates on Fridays around 11 AM, so I would ask about that as well. The museum fee is around 3 Euro. I gave them more.

Visited April 2014
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Boston, MA
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“Interesting overview of the once large community”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

Interesting collection of artifacts and photos from the Jewish community. Not very large, plan to spend 60 to 90 minutes viewing the complete collection, but most will learn a lot about an interesting community that was tragically destroyed by the Nazis. When we were there, there was a special exhibit of contemporary art as well. Most tourist maps I saw do show location, so not that hard to find, right off main street Venizelou. Check the hours before you head there, they are limited. I don't recall if there was an admission fee, but if so, it was not very much.

Visited March 2014
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