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    Danish gold coin amulet

    Why would a Greek Jew wear a gold ducat coin with the obverse image of King Christian IV of Denmark, as an amulet pendant? The coin was struck in 1647 in Glueckstadt, a town to the north west of Hamburg, until 1864 under Danish rule. Glueckstadt was founded in 1617...

    Traditional jacket from Ioannina with Edelweiss pattern

    At the end of the 19th century, the women of the Jewish community of Ioannina continued to wearing their traditional costume. Nevertheless, we can notice some changes in the patterns and in the choice of fabrics. In this period, features in line with the European style prevailed, such as...

    Bowl for ritual hand washing

     This pewter bowl from the JMG Judaica Collection is one of the few items from the Talmud Torah of Thessaloniki that survived its destruction by the Great Fire in 1917. The complex of the Talmud Torah Hagadol included a synagogue, schools and community institutions. According to the Ladino inscription on the...

    Signet ring

    This gold signet ring, engraved with floral decoration and inscribed with the name “Rebecca” in Greek capital letters in the oblong bezel, belonged to a young girl and inhabitant of one of the cities in Northeastern Greece, Serres, Drama, Kavalla, Xanthi, Komotini or Alexandroupolis, in the prewar period. Signet...

    “Lefcoderma” face powder

    The use of finely ground rice powder as a cosmetic care and beauty product has been widespread among Japanese women for centuries. The industrialization of cosmetic rice powder in Europe started at the end of the 19th century. Large brands which established themselves in the international market in the beginning of the 20th century, were advertising the benefits of rice...

    Hanukkah booklet

    This booklet from the JMG collections was published by the Jewish National Fund of Thessaloniki in 1938 to be distributed to the children of the community and instruct them on the history and meaning of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. It contains the following poems: HANUKKAH (translated from Hebrew) Why, dear...

    Α meaningful note

    The Holocaust collection of the JMG includes a large number of personal letters and military documents from the period of Occupation related to a rather unknown personality, Maurice Kazes from Thessaloniki. He was born in 1911 and served as a squad leader during the Greco-Italian War of 1940-1941, during...

    Silver bracelet

    In 2018, the siblings Dona-Lilian, Moissis and Rovertos Capon, descendants of the Minerbo family from Chania in Crete, donated a large collection of over 300 family heirloom items to the JMG, with the aim “… not to let the Jewry of Crete be forgotten…”. This precious collection includes personal...

    New Year’s greetings postcard

    This New Year’s greetings postcard, decorated in the fashion of the time with gold dust and an artificial flower, was published in the 15th district of Vienna, where a large suburban Jewish community lived. It is a fine example of the great number of commercially produced holiday cards, which...

    Valuable textile

    Among the artefacts donated to the JMG collections in 2020 was this valuable textile, made from two oblong pieces of the same fabric. The textile’s foundation weave consists of coral silk and silver threads, woven on its surface with a brocaded pattern made of gold and silver threads.  Although...