18th September - 18th December, Thessaloniki
Curators: Polyxeni Adam-Veleni, Director of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Evangelia Stefani, Head of the Exhibitions Department, Eleftheria Akrivopoulou, archaeologist-museologist, Angeliki Koukouvou, archaeologist.
In cooperation with: 9th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Folklife and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia-Thrace, Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, Museum for the Macedonian Struggle, Thessaloniki History Centre.
The exhibition “The Jews in Thessaloniki. Indelible marks in space” is an attempt towards the recomposition of the palimpsest of the major Jewish community in Greece, guided by the tangible or intangible ‘indelible marks’ of the Jewish presence in the city in the course of time.
Through four exhibition sections the history of the Jewish Community is presented as an archaeological search, from the Hellenistic period, when the first signs of its presence are traced, till the tragic annihilation during the WWII; a journey in time and place through the history of the Jews of Thessaloniki revealing another story of the city; a course through the city history with stations-landmarks that reflect the religious, social, economical and spiritual dimension of the Jewish Community. Points of referral: the University of Thessaloniki, an area where already from ancient times the Jewish cemetery extended, the Ancient Agora of Thessaloniki, where the Rogos Jewish community was located, the hotel Electra Pallas in Aristotelous street, built in the area of the known School of Alliance, Liberty Square, the customs-house at the port, the commercial Saul and Modiano arcade, emblematic buildings-villas in the east part of Thessaloniki, and the railway station, where the wretched neighbourhoods of the poor Jews were located (e.g. Hirsch).
Objects, rich audiovisual material, which includes unpublished documents, photos, maps, narratives and testimonies, accompany the thematic unities.