On Tuesday 21st April 2015, the travelling exhibition of the Jewish Museum of Greece, “SYNAGONISTIS: Greek Jews in the National Resistance” was successfully inaugurated in the Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington DC,. The Greek Foreign Minister, Mr. N. Kotzias, attended the event together with more than 150 important guests.
The exhibition, originating from the Jewish Museum of Greece and presented by the Embassy of Greece, aims to honor the contribution of the Greek Jewish fighters to the struggle against the Nazis in occupied Greece, as well as dispute the theory that all Jews succumbed to the Holocaust like “lambs to the slaughter.”
Thorough research that went on for five years resulted in the collection of personal stories of men and women from various Jewish communities of Greece, who took up arms in the dark days of the Occupation and were named “comrades in arms,” the supreme title of honor among Resistance fighters. Photographs, documents, letters, proclamations, resistance newspapers and other relevant material are being presented for the first time. The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual catalog, a documentary film by David Gavriilidis, as well as a specially designed educational program for schools.
“Synagonistis” is the Greek word for “fellow fighter” and it’s exactly this notion that the exhibition is highlighting: Greek Jews fought side by side with Greek Christians against the same enemy, in defense of the same country. It is a duty to save them from oblivion and this is the goal of this exhibition. “It is also a voice against anti-Semitism and racism,” said Press Counselor Christos Failadis, exhibition manager on the part of the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C. Along with the fake IDs given by the Greek authorities to Greek Jews, the official protest by Archbishop Damaskinos against the persecution of Jews and the salvage of the Jewish population of the island of Zakynthos thanks to the heroic actions by Metropolitan Chrysostomos and Mayor Lukas Karrer, “Synagonistis” is another glorious page in the modern history of Greece.
“Synagonistis” is presented in Washington, D.C. by the Embassy of Greece with the generous contribution of the Secretariat General of Communication of Greece and the kind support of the American Hellenic Institute, AHEPA, B’nai B’rith International, the American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece and the Black Olive Restaurant.
Exhibition venue: Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington, DC 20016-3741 | 202-362-7100
Exhibition duration: April 1 – May 26, 2015
Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm