On April 25, 2021, Dr. Alexandra Patrikiou, a researcher and historian at the Jewish Museum of Greece, and Dr. Maria Vassilikou, also a historian and associate of the JMG, participated in a special discussion for teachers from Greece, Israel and the United States on “How the IHRA Recommendations for Teaching and Learning” about the Holocaust Can Help You?”. The discussion took place online and was organized by the Ministry of Education and Religions, the United States Holocaust Museum and Memorial and Yad Vashem under the auspices of the Greek Presidency of IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance).
The event was addressed by the Minister of Education, Niki Kerameos and was attended by over 100 teachers from the three countries. Dr. Patrikiou and Dr. Vassilikou were invited by the General Secretariat of Religion to conduct two workshops in order to discuss with the teachers issues raised by the IHRA handbook. As a trigger to discuss the IHRA Recommendations, they both used the video of the Students’ Competition for Short Film “The Holocaust and the Greek Jews” produced by the 7th High School of Nea Smyrni entitled “The Buried Manuscript”. The video deals with the manuscript of Marcel Nadjary from Thessaloniki, buried by him in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, while he was still a member of the Sonderkommando. The discussion closed with the moving narration of the experiences of Iossif Ventoura, a Cretan Jewish poet, as a hidden child.
The JMG initiated Holocaust Education in Greece in 2001 and still works at the forefront of all relevant initiatives and actions. In close cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Education, Secretariat for Religion, the JMG pioneered effective programs for Holocaust Education, teacher training seminars and the creation of new content for schoolbooks. Since 2004 the JMG organises and conducts seminars for educators of the primary and secondary level, on “Teaching about the Holocaust in Greece”, in Athens and many other Greek cities. Based on the Museum’s unique research and credible results, the JMG was declared a Research Center in 2014, by the Greek Parliament.