“Synagonistis: Greek Jews in the National Resistance”
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Synagonistis: Greek Jews in the National Resistance
An exhibition of the Jewish Museum of Greece
The Jewish Museum of Greece presents the temporary exhibition “Synagonistis:
Greek Jews in the National Resistance”, realized within the framework of a mutual
program of co-operation with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in
During the research phase for our traveling exhibition “The Holocaust of the Greek
Jews, 1941 – 1944” (2001), which included the subject of Greek Jewish Resistance
fighters, the JMG came into contact with elderly partisans. In our Museum, they
expressed for the first time their pain for being forgotten by their homeland and not
honoured, as they should have been; for the absence of a Resistance Museum in
Greece, such as the ones in existence in other European countries.
It was then that the foundation was laid for a deep commitment and a sincere wish to
honour those who fought and canceled the belief that all Jews succumbed to the
Holocaust “like lambs to the slaughter”. Thorough research that went on for five years
resulted in the collection of 24 personal histories of men and women from various
Jewish communities of Greece, who took up arms in the dark and harsh days of the
Occupation. Most of them were very young, recently uprooted from their homes,
often alone and orphaned, but they found a new, dynamic family on the mountains
and served the armed struggle in many ways, with courage and determination. They
were christened ‘comrades in arms’, the supreme title of honour among the fighters
of free Greece and fought among their equals. While our main concern has been
commemorating and honouring the Jewish Resistance Fighters in WW II, with
this exhibition, we also honour all the Greeks who fought against the
occupying forces, inspired by the ideals of freedom and of a better world.
Photographs, documents, letters, proclamations, resistance newspapers, original
artifacts, weaponry and other relevant material will be presented to the public for the
first time. The exhibition will be accompanied by a bilingual catalogue while, director
David Gavriilidis has produced a documentary film, which explores this subject
engaging people, places and events. The permanent exhibition is also accompanied
by specially designed educational programs for schools.
Exhibition duration: Tuesday, 16th April 2013 – Friday, 25th April 2014. Opening hours:
Daily 09.00 – 14.30, Saturday: Closed, Sunday: 10.00 – 14.00.
For more information and photographic or printed material, please contact: The Jewish
Museum of Greece, 39 Nikis st., Athens, Greece, 105 57, telephone: (+30) 210 3225582, fax:
(+30) 210 3231577, e-mail:, website:, from
Monday-Friday 09:00-14:30.

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