Jewish Heritage in Greece
Jews have lived in Greece for millennia and there are several traces found in the excavations of synagogues, ancient Jewish tombstones and even documentary evidence, which prove their presence in antiquity.
Before the Holocaust, there would have been between 75 and 80 thousand Jews living in all of Greece. The Greek islands, Peloponnese and some parts of northern Greece were the centres of Romaniote culture, while in Thrace and Macedonia, Sephardic communities dominated, with the largest centre in the city of Thessaloniki.
At the end of the II World War, more than 85% of these communities in Greece, would have been murdered and today it is estimated that the Jewish population is 5 thousand people.
There are several possible visits to this legacy, whether to Synagogues, such as Yad Lazikaron in Thessaloniki or Beth Shalom in Athens, Museums such as the Archaeological Museum of Chania or the Historical Museum of Heraklion, Holocaust Memorials such as the one in Salonica or Volos.
3C Events 🧿 Travel Designer in Greece
📷 Courtesy of Arie Darzi to memorialise the Jewish community in Greece.
Adam Jones from Kelowna, BC, Canada