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2012

  • On Friday, 5th October 2012, the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a one day seminar entitled “Never, ever, be a bystander” at the “Yannos Kranidiotis” Auditorium. The aim of the seminar was to present the initiatives undertaken by Greek governments on issues dealing with the Memory and Education of the Holocaust in our country. The seminar proceedings opened with their inaugural speeches, Ambassador Vassilis Kaskarelis, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. George Kalantzis, Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and Mr. Jan Deboutte, Belgian Chair of the International Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF).

    Mrs. Photini Tomai - Constantopoulou, Head of the Greek Delegation of the ITF and Chair of the National Committee for the Greek Exhibition at Auschwitz – Birkenau State Museum, presented a keynote speech on Greek legislation and relevant measures undertaken by the Greek State towards keeping the Memory of the Holocaust alive, while in the second session she discussed the historical context of the implementation process of the Greek Permanent Exhibition at Auschwitz – Birkenau State Memorial Museum in Poland.

    Mrs. Zanet Battinou, Director of the Jewish Museum of Greece (JMG) and National Delegate to the ITF, after a brief introduction of the history of the Jewish Museum of Greece, she presented the educational programs, exhibitions, and research activities of the Museum, which are directly linked to the Remembrance and, most importantly, the Education on Holocaust in Greece. Special emphasis was given to the temporary and travelling Holocaust exhibitions, designed and implemented by the JMG, and to the annual educational seminar, addressed to educators from all school levels, under the title “Teaching about the Holocaust in Greece”. In her next session, Mrs. Battinou presented via a slideshow the -under development- National Exhibition at Auschwitz describing the general historical content and architectural design of the exhibition, while at the end of the session the participants had the opportunity to view a 3D virtual presentation of the Greek Exhibition.

    Last but not least, Mr. Yiftach Meiri, Educator in charge of the European Division of the International School of Holocaust Education at Yad Vashem, made a brief but poignant presentation on the significance of teaching about the Holocaust and the link between the teaching process and the basic values of human values and rights, while he also made reference to the education of Greek School Teachers at Yad Vashem, a collaboration of the International School with the Jewish Museum of Greece.

    In the framework of this one day seminar, two exhibitions were organized by the Jewish Museum of Greece, “Hidden Children in Occupied Greece” and “The Holocaust of Greek Jews, 1941-1944”, and were inaugurated at the foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Mr. D. Kourkoulas, Deputy FM. During the coffee break the seminar participants had the opportunity to visit the exhibitions.

    The closing discussion that marked the end of the conference was coordinated by Mrs. Tomai – Constantopoulou, while the moving film, under the title “The Greek Revolt”, October 7th 1944, a production of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Service of Diplomatic and Historical Archives) was screened for the seminar attendees.
     
  • On July 2nd 2012, Ms Zanet Battinou, Director of the JMG, participated at a seminar/event organized by the Hungarian Embassy in close cooperation with the Embassies of Israel and Sweden with the participation of well recognized researchers and speakers from Israel, Hungary, Sweden and Greece.  This year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Raoul Wallenberg, the courageous Swedish diplomat who saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews in Hungary during World War II. The people of Hungary, Sweden and Israel treasure the memory of the martyred Swedish diplomat.  The Governments of Sweden and Hungary declared 2012 as the Wallenberg Year with the motto: “Man amidst inhumanity”. In Israel, Wallenberg has been recognized by Yad Vashem, the world centre for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, as one of the "Righteous Among the Nations," those exceptional souls who risked their lives to save Jews. Raoul Wallenberg was granted honorary Israeli citizenship in 1986 and became an honorary citizen of Budapest in 2003. Closing remarks by the Director of the Jewish Museum of Greece, Ms. Zanet Battinou.
  • Between 26th - 28th February, the JMG’s project manager for the Judaica Europeana programme participated at the meeting of the partners of the Judaica Europeana program, held in Rome.

2011
  • On 19th-22nd November. The annual meeting of the European Association of Jewish Museums in Europe, hosted this year in London, was - as always- extremely interesting and constructive. The director of the Museum attended the meeting.
  • On 30 / 9 & 1 / 10 the Director of the JMG participated in a roundtable seminar on "Intercultural Communication: The Contribution of Management of Cultural Heritage. Theoretical approaches and practices" where she presented the intercultural educational programs of the JMG. The seminar took place as part of the "Ulysses" program for the education of immigrants in the Greek language, the Greek history and culture.
  • On 19th and 20th September: participation of the project manager of the Judaica Europeana program in Warsaw.
  • On 30 and 31 May: participation of the JMG in the meeting of partners on/ of the program Judaica Europeana, in Budapest.
  • On Tuesday, March 15th , 2011 the museum educator participated in the conference entitled, "Education and Archaeology 2". The conference was organized by the 10th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities in Delphi and took place at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi.
  • Between 6th -8th February, the JMG’s project manager for the Judaica Europeana programme participated at the meeting of the partners of the Judaica Europeana program, held in Paris.
 
2010

  • On 28thJune the Jewish Museum of Greece took part in a meeting held by the Greek Branch of ICOM on Using New Technologies in Museum Educational Activities. JMG director Mrs Battinou was among those who spoke at the meeting and she demonstrated the content and use of an interactive info kiosk on the subject of the Second World War and the Holocaust in Greece, one of the JMG’s digital educational applications.
  • On 12th to 16thJune the director of the JMG took part in the International Conference on Holocaust Education organised by the Yad Vashem Institution in Jerusalem. Mrs Battinou then represented Greece on the Museums and Monuments Working Group of the International Task Force for Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research first annual meeting, held in Jerusalem, during this year’s Israeli presidency of the organisation.
  • On 19th and 20th February the JMG took part in a two-day seminar organised by the Directorate of the National Archive of Monuments in the amphitheatre of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The meeting focused on issues of centralised planning and co-ordinated substantiation and documentation, such as the substantiation, documentation and management of monuments that are immovable real estate and monuments that are movable, the management of archived material and indexing the country’s monuments.


2009

  • 11th and 12thDecember The JMG took part in the 13th meeting organised by the Greek Branch of ICOM, the purpose of which was to provide information on the theme of Education and Modern Greek Heritage. The focus of this meeting was on museums and how they relate to the adult public. With this in mind, talks concentrated on museum educational activities with this specific target audience and the part museums play in lifelong learning.
  • ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN JEWISH MUSEUMS- Athens, 21-24 November 2009

The Jewish Museum of Greece, permanent member of the Association of European Jewish Museums (AEJM), hosted for the first time in Athens (21-24 November, 2009), the annual meeting of the Association of European Jewish Museums. Fifty-four (54) members and associate members, directors, curators and representatives of thirty-four (34) Jewish museums and organizations attended the four - day conference, from nineteen (19) countries from Europe, U.S. and Israel. At the annual meeting of the AEJM, there were held lectures and discussions on issues related to the museums strategic planning and management, as well as presentations of new exhibitions, research projects, and educational activities organized by the various museums. Participants had the opportunity on the first day, to visit the JMG premises, where they were given a guided tour through the permanent and temporary exhibitions of the museum by the Director of the JMG, Ms. Z. Battinou. The participant’s contact with the treasures of the Greek Jewish history and tradition, gave rise to fruitful discussions the following days, in the form of workshops, relating to issues such as collections management, temporary exhibitions’ design, preventive conservation, educational activities and research projects carried out by the JMG (e.g. the Corpus of Jewish inscriptions of Greece). The JMG, among other events, planned a guided tour of the Jewish sights and monuments in Athens. The tour continued in Chalkis, where the participants visited the exhibition in the Castle of Karambamba - with three of the most important Jewish inscriptions on show - the Jewish cemetery and the synagogue. The visit to Chalkis was completed with lunch, offered by the Jewish Community of Chalkis. The second day ended, with a guided tour at the New Acropolis Museum and a traditional dinner offered at the Cultural Center by the Jewish Community of Athens. On the third day, Ms. Lila de Chavez guided AEJM members and associate members through the permanent exhibition of “The Benaki Museum”, while the evening closed with a reception, offered - in honour of the AEJM participants - by the Central Board of Jewish Communities of Greece. Excursions and meals were, as usual, great opportunities for new contacts, exchange of ideas, collaborations and conversation among members of the AEJM. The annual meeting was completed successfully after four days of work on issues of common interest to the European Jewish Museums.

  • 21st to 23rd June the JMG took part in the annual meeting of the International Task Force for Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research in Oslo, Norway, as a member of the Greek Delegation.


2007

  •  On 3rd December, the director of the JMG, Zanet Battinou, attended the anniversary celebration of the Association of American Friends of the JMG and the American Sephardim Federation at the Pierre hotel in New York.
  • On 10th-12th June  the JMG, in its capacity as member of the Greek Delegation, took part in the annual meeting of the International Task Force for Holocaust Education Remembrance and Research in Prague.
  • 17th-20th November  saw the annual conference of the Association of European Jewish Museums (ΑEJM). This conference was particularly interesting as it was hosted by the new Jewish Museum in Munich.
 
2006

  • On  Friday 8th December, the JMG took part in the 10th Meeting on Education held by the Ministry of Culture in conjunction with ICOM. The Museum’s Head of Education, Mrs Orietta Treveza-Sousi, presented the new JMG museum case on ‘Jewish Holidays’.
  • On 3rd-5th December. At the bi-annual conference of the International Task Force for Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research, held in Budapest, Mrs Zanet Battinou gave a presentation of the JMG’s third seminar for teachers to the organisation’s Educational Committee and also represented Greece on the Monuments and Museums Committee, of which she is a full member.

On 19th-21st November. The annual meeting of the Association of Jewish Museums in Europe, hosted in 2006 by the local Jewish Museum in Venice, was, as always, extremely interesting and constructive.

  • On 12th-15th September. he first meeting held by the Atelier Culturel Mediterranean was held in Paris. The organisation’s mission is to arrange cultural exchanges and co-operation between Mediterranean countries. The JMG took part in one of the particularly interesting workshops held there at the invitation of the French Foreign Ministry.
  • On 7th February. The Director of the JMG took part in a one-day event on ‘Museum Design and Heritage Management’ held by the British Embassy. 

2005
  • On 16th December. The Ministry of Culture held the 9th Meeting on Education in conjunction with ICOM. During the meeting Mrs Orietta Treveza, the JMG’s museum educator, presented the educational programme ‘Sacred Texts’ which was created by the JMG in collaboration with the Byzantine Museum and the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art.
  • In November 2005, the JMG took part in the annual conference of the Association of European Jewish Museums, held in Brussels. During the meeting, museum directors and heads of departments from Europe’s major Jewish museums and representatives from comparable associations in the USA and Israel exchanged views and ideas, and discussed concerns and possible solutions. The JMG passed the baton of vice-president and treasurer to the newly elected governing body in celebratory style, having successfully contributed to the work of the Association from this post, as well as others, for the last six years.
  • The biannual meeting of members of the International Task Force for Holocaust Remembrance, Education and Research work groups took place in Krakow from 13th to 17th November 2005. This international organisation undertakes and funds research and teaching projects as part of its effort to establish Holocaust remembrance in the public conscience, so as to promote tolerance and understanding between different peoples, eliminate anti-Semitism and racism and prevent such acts of genocide from taking place in the future. Twenty countries were already permanent members of the ITF and applications from four more countries, including Greece, were approved at the Krakow meeting. Greece’s application for full membership of the organisation, with all the rights (e.g. project funding, participation in specific policy-making) and obligations that this entails (e.g. systematic Holocaust teaching in schools, opening archives and allowing free access to researchers) was supported by an eight-member delegation. This was made up of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, representatives of Greek Jewry (the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, and the Jewish Museum of Greece) and the community of scientific historians. The delegation presented the work that has been done so far to help promote remembrance of the Holocaust, as well as plans for the future. Their one-on-one conversations with other permanent members and answers to their questions, also contributed to the acceptance of Greece as a permanent member. The JMG played a particularly important role in the acceptance process, as the Holocaust related programmes, activities, events and seminars for teachers that it has been organising since 1999, are ground-breaking activities of their kind in Greece. Greece’s participation in the ITF on equal terms opens up new possibilities with broader scope, both in the area of scientific research into Holocaust related issues and in practical issues of teaching and education.
  • On Tuesday 6th September, members of the Polish Presidency of the International Task Force for Holocaust Education, Remembrance andResearch visited the museum. They included the PresidentMr DariaNalecz, the Educational Seminars Officer Mrs. Martina Majewska, and the organisation’s General Director Mr Karel Fracapane.Their visit was one of a series of visits they were making in Athens. Museum Director Mrs Zanet Battinou showed the visitors round the Museum galleries. There followed an up-date on the progress and success of joint projects and a discussion on the present and future of the collaboration between the JMG and the ITF, which began in 2002. 
  • In June, the JMG, as a member of the Greek delegation, took part in the International Conference of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe on ‘Anti-Semitism and Other Forms of Racism’ held in Cordoba, Spain, as well as taking part in the first annual conference of the International Task Force for Holocaust Education, in Warsaw.
  • The 10th May, saw the inauguration of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, that Germany has dedicated to the murdered Jews of Europe. The Memorial covers an area of 19,000m² with 2711 concrete pillar-cenotaphs arranged in it. There is also an underground Information Centre. In the information centre exhibitions and audio-visual material are used to present relevant historical events from 1933 to 1945. Stories of families from a number of European countries are presented in one of the five exhibition galleries. These stories testify to the wealth of Jewish tradition in Europe, but also to the extent and tragedy of the loss. The story of Mrs Eftychia Nachman’s family, from Ioannina, is presented in this gallery. The Jewish Museum of Greece collaborated in the selection and production of this display by providing Mrs Nachman’s account and relevant photographs from its records. Information about JMG Holocaust-related educational activities and programmes are also on display in the Memorial Information Centre.
 
 2004

 

  • In mid December, following an invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,the JMG took part in the Convention of the International Task Force for Holocaust Education Remembrance and Research in Trieste, as part of the Greek delegation. During this meeting Greece submitted an application to become a regular member of the organisation. The application relied heavily on JMG Holocaust programmes.
  • In November the annual meeting of the Association of European Jewish Museums (AEJM) took place in Constantinople. The JMG serves the Association’s council as Vice-President and Treasurer and was responsible for the annual financial report.

From 28 June to 2 July  the Section of Cultural Technology and Communication of the University of the Aegean organised in Mytilene an international conference, which took place at the Municipal Theatre of Mytilene.The Art Historian Dr. Aphrodite Kouria was invited to participate at the conference with a poster on the exhibition she organised at the Jewish Museum of Greece, entitled “Dialogue with a Museum. Eight visual artists at the Jewish Museum of Greece relate to the exhibition ‘Hidden children in Occupied Greece’”. She also prepared a brief text, which was included in the folders distributed to delegates. The poster displays brief and representative texts and photographs of works and of the Museum areas. The poster, produced by the graphic designer of the J. M.G., H. Cohen, provides general information, and comments on the concept behind the artist’s exhibition, as well as the historical exhibition on the children of the Occupation, which was the inspiration and reference point of the visual art exhibition. Moreover, photographs of the Jewish Museum’s museo-paedagogical educational program, organised by O. Treveza Sousi were presented. The theme of the program was the mask, inspired by the work (photographic installation) of artist Angelos Skourtis.

  • On 28 and 29 April, at the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) organised the International Conference on anti-Semitism with a view to take joint measures to combat anti-Semitism. At the conference - the first of its kind was organised last year – participated 600 officials from 55 countries, among whom the Presidents of Germany Mr G. Rau, and Israel, M. Katsav, U.S. Secretary of State, C. Powell, Holocaust survivors, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Mr. Eli Wiesel, former president of the European Parliament, and former Minister of France, Ms Simon Weil, and representatives of international Jewish organisations. The Greek Jewry was represented by the presidents of the Central Board, Mr. M. Constantinis, and of the J.C. of Thessaloniki, Mr. D. Saltiel. Following the invitation of the Foreign Ministry, as a sequel of its participation at the significant conferences of Stockholm and Vilnius (2000), the Jewish Museum of Greece participated at the conference, represented by Mrs. Z. Battinou. The Jewish Museum of Greece, as on previous occasions, organised the Greek stand, presented its recent publications, posters and catalogues of temporary exhibitions and information material, as well as publications of the Foreign Ministry, which were distributed to delegates, visitors, academics, and the representatives of various N.G.O.’s and the media. Moreover, Mrs. Battinou participated in workshops on multicultural education and the teaching of the Holocaust, and made a brief intervention, presided by professor Yehuda Bauer, on the educational work of the Museum and its relevance for contemporary Greek society.

2003

  • An interesting three-day event on the subject of“The Theatre and Inter Cultural Education” was held by the School Theatre Organisation in Athens on 6th to 8th December. As well as the museum’s director Mrs. Zanet Battinou, the JMG’s Education Officer, Mrs Orietta Treveza-Soussi also addressed the meeting.
  • The JMG submitted two papers to the conference “Jewish Culture in the Balkans”, which the Jewish Community of Thessalonikiheld on 6th to 8th April. One paper was on the Jewish Community of Ioannina and the other was on the present and future of European Jewish Museums.
  • At the end of February the JMG took part in theCouncil of American Jewish Museums’ conference, held in Philadelphia USA, representing the Administrative Council of the Association of European Jewish Museums. The theme of the conference was “350 Years of Jewish American Life”.

 








2002

  • The Association of European Jewish Museums held its biennial conference at the end of November in Bologna, Italy. The JMG, was once again chosen to serve on the Association’s Administrative Council – this time as Vice-President and Treasurer.
  • From 17th to 20th October we took part in a particularly interesting conference / workshop for museum directors on the subject of “Museums as Crossroads”. It was organised by the European Museum Forum and took place in Parma, Italy.
  • The JMG took part in the conference on “Conserving and Documenting the Jewish Cemeteries of Europe”, which was organised by the Jewish Museum of Bolognain Ferrara, Italy in April.

2001

 

  • The Greek Committee of Frankfurt 2001 had invited our Museum to submit its proposal for events related to the presence of Jews in Greece through out history,as part of the program entitled «Greece– Guest of Honour of the 53rdFrankfurt Book Fair 2001». Such an invitation was not only a great honour in itself for the J.M.G., but also recognition of the quality of the Museum’s work and the standard of its international presentations.The Greek Committee approved our proposal immediately and took the events under its wing, proving an ever-present sourceof support for the Jewish Museum all through the preparations and production. ThePresident of the Committee, Mr. Giorgos Romaios, showed particular interest right from the outset. There was close, very constructive co-operation with Mr. Philippos Dracontaeidis and Mrs.Aspa Moraitis, appointed by the Committee to act as the Museum’s contacts on all matters. We are grateful for their accurate and timeous guidance. So the Jewish Museum of Greece took part in the International Book Fair with three notable events: the exhibition «TheJews of Greece: 2300 Years of History and Tradition», as its main event, the Artemis Alcalay art exhibition entitled «Remembrance», which ran simultaneously,and the appearance of an eighteen-member, mixed voice choir, which performed Sephardic and Romaniote songs. Theevents were held on the premises of the Jewish Museum of Frankfurt, which had at an earlier date expressed the wish to host our Museum’s contribution to this international exhibition.

2000

  • The Foreign Ministry’s invitation for the J.M.G. to be included in the Greek delegation participating in the international organization "Holocaust Forum on Nazi Era Looted Cultural Assets” along with 36 other countries, on 3rd-  5th October 2000 at Vilnius in Lithuania was an event of particular significance. The aim of the conference was to examine this huge subject with all its historic, social and legal ramifications. The J.M.G. undertook the organization of the standand the production of the official poster for the Greek delegation. The stand housed a synoptic exhibition of photographs from the Museum archives, which supplemented the subject matter covered by speakers at the Conferenc eby drawing attention to the magnitude of the lossand the barbarity of the cultural degradation which the Jewish communities of Greece suffered under Nazi occupation. The Greek stand also had informative and historical printed matter related to the subject of the Conference and the work of the Jewish Museum. The Conference put forward the question of locating and securing the return of looted property and the legal aspects of a European legislative framework. Finally, the participating countries signed a joint proclamation.
  • The Museum also took part in the International Conference on Judeo-Espaniol. A language in search of its people, organized by the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki on 16th and 17th April. A few days later a group of conference participants accompanied by Ms. Rena Molho, visited the J.M.G. and were given a guided tour of the  exhibition.
  • On 26th to 28th March the J.M.G. took part in the General Meeting of the Association of European Jewish Museums, which was organized by the Jewish Museum of Prague. The topics covered by the participating museum directors and curators were the organization of the Association, co-operation and exchange of information among members, the validation of collections and the setting up of a web page for the Association on the Internet. During the conference there was a slide presentation of the J.M.G.’s new building and exhibition areas, which those present commented on eagerly and positively. Before the proceedings were brought to a close elections were held for the Association’s new, five-members Board of Directors. The J.M.G. was elected and its first act as a new member was to invite the Board of Directors  to hold the next conference in Athens.
  • On 8th and 9th June,  the Museum hosted the 3rd meeting of the partners in the OIKOS II European programme which it has participated in since March 1999. The J.M.G., the Oxfordshire Museum in England and the Sebutal Museum in Portugal are working on the production of a CD ROM and touring exhibition on the co-existence and exchange between a large community and smaller religious communities or social groups it hosts. The meeting was particularly constructive and the programme is expected to be  completed by autumn 2000.
  • THE MUSEUM’S PARTICIPATION IN THE STOCKHOLM, INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON THE HOLOCAUST

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.  Beginning with the Greek Delegation participation poster, which was designed by our Museum, the staff of the Jewish Museum of Greece took charge of the whole organization, presentation and operation of the Greek stand, which welcomed a host of foreign visitors and received many favourable comments. The material the Museum presented in Stockholm featured the exhibition of photographs of the Greek Jews’ Holocaust, the Museum area and educational programmes on the Shoah, printed historical material, printed information about the Museum and its activities as well as material from the periodic exhibitions of contemporary art on the subject of the Holocaust which the Museum has presented. Visitors to the Greek stand were taken on a tour of the museum through a short video presentation of its premises and collections. A computer was placed at the visitor’s disposal, to complement his acquaintance with the Museum through our web page. The stand also included interesting material from the Historical Archives of the Foreign Ministry and from the George Papandreou Foundation.  Our Museum’s participation in the Stockholm International Conference, not only promoted its work and activities on the theme of the Holocaust and the teaching of its history, it also demonstrated the Museum’s ability to participate in international events and play a significant role in meeting the new challenges our country faces in the multi-cultural environment of the European Union. The experience also proved of manifold significance as a series of international contacts has led to new joint projects and prospects in which our Museum’s historical, educational and photographic material will form the basis for events focusing on the Holocaust.


 
 

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