Cooperation of the Jewish Museum of Greece with the German Embassy in Athens.
On Friday, September 21st, the President of the Jewish Museum of Greece, Mr. Samuel Matsas, and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens, Mr. Wolfgang Dold, signed a contract, which is a further step in the cooperation of the Jewish Museum of Greece with the Embassy. In the past, the Embassy has successfully encouraged the work of the Museum on Holocaust education.
The two–year program includes the research and collection of data for a temporary exhibition on “Greek Jews in the National Resistance” and the creation of in-house and for-the-classroom educational activities and products to accompany the exhibition and then the design, creation and presentation of the exhibition itself, the publication of a bilingual catalogue and the organization of a seminar on the same subject.
Furthermore, the program will bring to light yet another aspect of the Holocaust: the choice many young people made in those dark years, to stand and fight the enemy, to try to protect their lives and the lives of their loved ones, as well as the integrity of their homeland. This will also help address the myth that Jews did not fight during the Holocaust and mostly went to their death like lamps to the slaughter. Further to its rich and innovative historical content, the moral value of this program is evident. It is a strong human-interest subject that people can relate to, with an evident sociological benefit. We believe it will be an excellent vehicle for our message about turning points and moral choices to travel far and wide.
One of the purposes of temporary exhibitions and innovative activities is to explore new subjects and to attract new visitors, as well as old friends. This program will present a first rate opportunity for meaningful learning for school going children and youths, and for furthering the interest and knowledge of the general public on its subject.