On Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, in the framework of the new temporary exhibition of the JMG “Synagonistis: Greek Jews in the National Resistance”, the President of the JMG, Mr. Samuel Matsas, and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens, Mr. Wolfgang Dold, signed a second contract, which is a further step in the cooperation of the Jewish Museum of Greece with the Embassy of Germany in Athens. In the past, the Embassy has successfully encouraged the work of the Museum on Holocaust education.
The three–year program includes the research and collection of data for the temporary exhibition on Greek Jews in the National Resistance and the creation of in-house and for-the-classroom educational activities. The program includes also the publication of a bilingual catalogue, the creation of a documentary and the organization of a conference on the same original theme.
Furthermore, the aim of the program is to 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 Further to its rich and original historical content, the moral value of this program is evident.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 is to attract new visitors, as well as old friends in the JMG. 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.