About the project

Due to Thessaloniki’s contemporary heterogeneity it is easy to forget that for many centuries Thessaloniki’s population was mostly Jewish. In fact, by mid-16th century the city was the Jewish center of Europe to the point that it was referred to as the “mother of Israel” and the “Jerusalem of the Balkans”.


The main objective of this project is to identify, investigate and stimulate reflection on the events related to the execution camps and Nazi victims in Thessaloniki.

Specific objectives:

1. To respect the memory of the victims through the collection and promotion of their personal experiences. This will be done through personal interviews and it will be presented in the form of video and audio files.

2. To promote dialogue among different age groups, leading to the overall goals of learning from the past, preserving historical memory, and defending social solidarity.

3. To stimulate personal awareness of the principles and values of democracy and the EU and fostering European identity.

4. To preserve historical sites through the promotion of their role before the local.


This will be achieved through archival research and through the collection of oral and written testimonies from the people who experienced these events first-hand.

We intend to present the final results in a simple and digestible way because our target audience is primarily school students, who have not yet had opportunity to learn about the holocaust.

Final output:

Will be an educational box comprising (1) a booklet, (2) a photo album, (3) a DVD to de donated to local schools.

Work programme step by step:

1. Kick-off meeting.

2. Creating the educational platform; selecting participants; training participants (Greek and foreign partners).

3. Creating the research groups; training the research groups; updating educational platform and website.

4. Weekly feedback meeting; feedback database; weekly workshops; updating educational platform and website/blog.

5. Implementation; research bibliographic content; updating platform and website.

6. Specific training in technical aspects: how to obtain the best usage from audiovisual materials; updating educational platform and website/blog.

7. Foreign partners visit Greece.

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