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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

    «Like nails must the words be hammered». The Oral History Archive of the Jewish Museum of Greece.

    Press Release

    The Jewish Museum of Greece presents from end-January 2020 a new periodic exhibition/installation, under the title «Like nails must the words be hammered». The Oral History Archive of the Jewish Museum of Greece.

    The Oral History Archive (OHA) of the Jewish Museum of Greece had a small, simple beginning, just like many other things in life. The original core of the first twelve interviews was gathered in 2001-2002 for our temporary exhibition “Hidden Children in Occupied Greece”. With this first documentation, the Jewish Museum laid the foundations for the OHA, without realising then how much it would develop and expand in just a few years.

    As the survivors are gradually taken from our midst by time, the recording of their living image, expression, words, memories and thoughts take on a crucial role in the Museum’s attempt to narrate history “from below”, passing on the historical narrative from yesterday to today.

    Alongside testimonies published in book form, we now also have audio and audiovisual sources, digital impressions, and the holographic representations of witnesses. The future no doubt holds more possibilities – and we are thankful for that, since these testimonies are an invaluable legacy of humanity; a repository of memory for the generations to come, and as such will always remain relevant and current.

    An especially designed resource center within the exhibition/installation allows visitors to peruse other, international oral testimony archives of similar thematic focus, accessible to the JMG in its capacity as a research center. The exhibition includes a presentation of photographic portraits of Greek Jewish Holocaust Survivors by artist Artemis Alcalay.

    As the JMG remains closed to the public, due to the pandemic threatening our planet, we would like to suggest that you seek a small taste of this exhibition, by checking out the testimony excerpts to be found on the JMG website, by clicking here.