Holocaust educational programmes in schools

On Monday 14 May and Tuesday 15 May 2018, Alexandra Patrikiou, a Jewish Museum of Greece (JMG) historian, along with Orietta Treveza, responsible for the JMG’s educational programmes, visited the Nea Genia Ziridis school and the 3rd Ano Liosia General Lyceum to conduct a Holocaust seminar. After a brief introduction to the Jewish communities of Greece, they focused on the events of the persecution of Greek Jews during the Second World War. This was followed by a screening of the Yad Vashem documentary “May Your Memory Be Love”: The Story of Ovadia Baruch, which follows the deportation of Ovadia, a Thessaloniki native, to Auschwitz concentration camp, where he met a fellow Thessalonian, Aliza Tzarfati, whom he married after the war and emigrated with to Israel. An extensive discussion ensued on the genocide of the Jews during the war with the first-, second- and third-year pupils of the lower high school.