The Jews of Greece: 2,300 Years of History and Tradition

Press Release

The Jewish Museum of Greece (JMG) launched the digital app “The Jews of Greece: 2,300 Years of History and Tradition”. The app was presented at the inauguration of the museum’s new temporary exhibition, “Through the lens of Nissim Levis: a family, an era,” on Monday, 22 January 2018.

The app, which was created as a result of the JMG’s research and educational work, was completed and equipped within the framework of a three-year cooperation programme with the embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens, which has continuously, consistently and successfully supported the work of the JMG.

The interactive app features archival material and will operate within the museum as an infokiosk, while it can also function as an educational tool. The app presents the history of Greek Jews since late antiquity. It contains information about their religious traditions and everyday life, as well as their presence in the political, social and cultural life of the country. It also refers to the persecution of Greek Jews during the Second World War and traces the local history of the Jewish communities throughout the country. It includes folklore and ethnographic references, literary extracts, rare photographs, oral testimonies and other audiovisual material. The content was mainly drawn from the JMG Collections, Library, Photographic Archive and Oral History Archive, while some of it was kindly provided by private individuals.

The processing of the material began in 2007, involving researchers from various disciplines such as archaeologists, historians, art historians and museologists. Starting with the museum experience, the platform was created to meet the information needs of visitors. At the same time, it was designed in such a way that it can be used by teachers, students and researchers. The app, which is bilingual (English and Greek), allows international visitors to familiarise themselves with Greek Jewish history and traditions. It is the result of years of interdisciplinary research, within the context of outreach and interactivity, which are always at the heart of the JMG mission.

For more information and photographic material, please contact the Jewish Museum of Greece, Nikis 39, 10557 Athens, tel.: 210-32 25 582, email: [email protected] Hours: Monday–Friday 09:00–14:30.

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