On International Museums Day, the «Network of Museums and Cultural Institutions of the Historical Centre of Athens» invited people to discover the Network's Institutions, located in the neighborhoods of Athens, and their people in a joint activity entitled “Athens: Neighborhoods and Museums”. As a member of the Network, the Jewish Museum of Greece participated in this jointed activity held from Friday 11 May to Sunday 27 May.
The Jewish Museum of Greece participated in this year's International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens, Art-Athina (www.art-athina.gr) that took place 12 -15 May 2011, as a member of the Network of Museums and Cultural Institutions of the Athens Historical Centre.
ART-ATHINA is the largest annual visual arts event in Greece attracting 16,000 visitors. The fair is located at the shorefront of Athens, in Faliro Pavilion –a former Olympic Games venue– providing an ideal meeting ground and an intriguing business opportunity for artists, representatives of galleries and museums / cultural institutions, collectors and curators.
In celebration of Museum Day and Night in May, the Network of Museums and Cultural Institutions of the Athens Historical Centre organised its first large-scale joint event in the form of Art Walks through the galleries of its member museums where parts of the exhibition Erysichthon – A Modern Reading of the Myth were on display. The JMG was active in this event as it supports initiatives that reinforce cultural sustainable development and has welcomed two works by artist Aphrodite Liti, entitled Leaf and Insect, into the display area of its permanent exhibition.
On 20th May 2009 a reception was held on the premises of the JMG to mark the donation and presentation of a private collection of stamps, envelopes and a miscellany of philatelic items by Athens lawyer Constantinos Anitsas to the Jewish Museum of Greece. Mr. Anitsas is a philatelist and his collection spans the years 1947 to 2002. The stamp collection donated dates from the founding of the state of Israel in 1947 and includes complete series of successive issues of stamps, stamped first-day-of-issue envelopes and blocksof four stamps as well as franked stamps from posted letters. The collection covers the period from the establishment of the Israeli Post Office in 1947 to 2001, inclusive, and consists of eighteen (18) luxurious, leather-bound albums. Mr. Constantinos Anitsas’ donation of his collection is made ‘In tribute to his Jewish friends’.
To commemorate the National Day of Remembrance for Victims and Heroes of the Holocaust, which the Greek Parliament has declared should be observed on 27th January each year, the Jewish Museum of Greece presented the travelling exhibition entitled ‘The Holocaust of the Greek Jews, 1941-1944: Personal Accounts’, in the ante-chamber to the Hall of Friends at Athens Concert Hall on Monday 4th February 2008, during events organised there by the Prefecture of Athens and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece.
In May 2007 the JMG saw the publication of the second edition of the ‘Hidden Children in Occupied Greece’ exhibition catalogue, issued. The new edition includes three more accounts. The Jewish Museum of Greece took part in the event by presenting two travelling exhibitions under the general title of ‘TheHistory of the Holocaust in Greece’. The presentation of these exhibitions was made possible thanks to the kind invitation of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and generous sponsorship by the Claims Conference Committee.
National Remembrance Day for Victims and Heroes of the Holocaust was honoured in an event organized by the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, on 30th January 2006 at the Athens Megaron of Music.
Unveiling ceremony of a commemorative inscription on the façade of the Jewish Museum of Greece dedicated to the memory of Colonel Mardochaios Frizis, by the Athens City Council.
Presentation of the book “Simple Cookery Lessons” by Rachel Rafael-Sasson, at the Jewish Museum of Greece.
In June 2003 the first ever presentation in Greece of the JMG’s touring exhibition “The Holocaust of Greek the Greek Jews – the Persecuted and the Rescuers”took place in the foyer of The Royal Theatre in Thessaloniki. (Duration: 16/06 -30/06/2003)
From June 2001 until the end of February 2002 the JMG contemporary Art Gallerie was home to the periodic group exhibition “Search for a Face”. The JMG wanted to mark the end of the exhibition by exploring the theoretical aspect of the subject. For this reason, on Thursday 14th February 2002, a round-table discussion took place on the subject of “Search for a Face: the contribution of art and religion in forming identity”, in the spacious auditorium on the first floor of the building belonging to the Athens Association of Daily Press Editors.
The International Conference – Forum – on The Holocaust: Education, Remembrance and Research, a Swedish Government initiative, took place in Stockholm on 26th to 28th January. Official delegations from 46 countries took part in the Conference, which had a total of 700 participants including Heads of State, Prime Ministers and ministers, but also representatives of non-governmental organizations, international Jewish organizations and academics, historians, teachers and authorities on the Holocaust. The aim of the Forum was to provide opportunities for discussion and co-operation on the promotion of international educational initiatives on the Holocaust with the long-term aim of combating racism and anti-Semitism which go hand in hand with ignorance of the past.
An official Greek delegation headed by the Foreign Minister, George Papandreou, also took part in the Conference, and our Museum was invited to undertake the Greek stand. Not only was this invitation an honour, but it was also a marvellous opportunity for the Jewish Museum of Greece to present its work and activities to an international audience, as well as acquaint them with its role in maintaining the history and memory of the Holocaust.
Presentation of two books on the Holocaust: “Oral Testimonies of Jews of Thessaloniki on the Holocaust”, by Mrs. Errica Kounio-Amarilio and Mr. Albertos Nar, edited by Mrs. Frankiska Abatzopoulou, and “50 Years Later – Memories of a Salonikan Jewess” by Mrs. Errica Kounio-Amarilio. The presentation took place at the “Book Arcade” in collaboration with the “Paratiritis” Publishing House and the Ets Ahaim Foundation.
Commemorative conference at the War Museum under the title “An anniversary … a debt … a hope” for the 55 years since the arrest of the Jews of Athens and their subsequent extermination at the concentration camps.
Exhibition of paintings under the general title “Shoah” by Mr. Falis Leon, and cocktail party for the Association’s members.
Among the researchers who worked in the library and archive of the Jewish Museum was Dr. Maria Esformes, Professor at the University of South Florida, and researcher of the Fullbright Institution. On November 24th the Museum organized a lecture by Dr. Esformes, on the subject of “Greek Jewish Folk Tales in Ladino”, which was given in English at the Cultural Center of the Jewish Community of Athens. The extremely interesting and vibrant presentation aroused enthusiasm in the public that attended. The most recent musical productions of the Museum, Sephardic songs interpreted by the “Little Choir”, provided a very touchingbackground.
On March 10th, 1998: Inauguration ceremony of the new premises of the Jewish Museum of Greece, a culmination of the indefatigable efforts of the members of the Association.
Publication of the book “The Jewish Museum of Greece” which presents the history, aims and vision of the Museum. An informational leaflet is included for potential donors.