Within the framework of a mutual program of co-operation with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens, the Jewish Museum of Greece is hosting the temporary exhibition entitled Synagonistis: Greek Jews in the National Resistance.
The few surviving Jewish partisans expressed for the first time their wish that the coming generations should remember their wartime contribution in defending their homeland and said there should be a Resistance Museum in Greece.
Organizers said they felt a deep commitment and a sincere wish to really honor those who fought and canceled the belief that all Jews succumbed to the Holocaust “like lambs to the slaughter”.
The exhibition, which involved five years of thorough research, looks in detail at the personal histories of 24 men and women, from the various Jewish communities of Greece, who took up arms in the dark and harsh days of the Nazi occupation.
Most of them were very young, recently uprooted from their homes, often alone and orphaned. However they found a new, dynamic family on the mountains and served the armed struggle in many ways, courageous and determined. In this very exhibit all the Greeks, inspired by the ideals of freedom and of a better world, who fought against the occupying forces are honored as well.
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 also 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.