Core features of the practice
Institution name: Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki
Institution type: Museum
Institution URL: www.jmth.gr
Seminar, Guided tour, Exhibition
Students, Educators in formal settings, General public/non-specialist audience
Cost (per practice):
Remembrance education and/or history education, Antisemitism, The Holocaust and/or other genocides
Group discussion, Lecture, Slide presentation
Additional information about the practice
Number of participants:
Up to 34
Age of target population:
National/local specifities (e.g. activity targeted to Swedish school students), Professional background not listed in Q.4 (e.g., journalists):, School teachers
Topics and objectives:
To raise awareness of, and engage the public in discussion about the history of the Jewish Community in Thessaloniki, as part of an integrated, vibrant contributing sector of Greek society. Encompassing a particular focus on - but not solely- the Holocaust and Nazi Occupation of Northern Greece, the practice aims to encourage dialogue, dispel myths, engage communities (beyond only Jewish ones) and to explore the shared history of the locality, emphasising that the different religious communities of Thessaloniki (Jewish, Muslim and Christian) are all equally 'Greek' rather than 'other. The goal is to link the themes of the past to the present (racism, anti-semitism, religious differences, community integration, intolerance etc) and encourage tolerance and empathy.
Written or other published material, Material culture, i.e., physical object or setting, Audiovisual material
Sequence of activities - methodology:
Lectures, discussion, special lessons about how to apply the knowledge in the class
Length of activity:
More than 15 hours
Is the activity digital?:
Language(s) in which activity can be delivered:
Is specialist knowledge or professional training required?:
If yes, which type?:
Formal educational training and/or certification
Components of the practice
Accessibility and replicability
Has this practice been evaluated?
By what means?:
Qualitative written feedback, Quantitative survey
Core content knowledge and transferable skills:
A basic knowledge about the local history. Understanding that the Jewish community was a population majority for almost five centuries. Understanding the traditional local geography and urban transformations. Understanding the transition period of Thessaloniki's incorporation into Greece. A basic knowledge about the procedure and the geography of the Holocaust in Thessaloniki and the differences with the same procedure in other cities.
Indicators of success:
Our activity is an experimental one. No other institution in Greece offers seminars on local history. The effectiveness may be measured by repeat demand and new applications. It is very early to set up effectiveness ratios.
Educational coordinator contact details:
Name: Evanghelos Chekimoglou
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
How many times?:
The RETHINK project is concerned with bridging formal and informal education. This section explores the factors that make a practice adaptable.
Key factors for successful implementation:
Subject expertise of presenter/instructor
Main challenges to teachers adapting this practice for their students:
Usually, teachers have no knowledge at all or very rusty knowledge in regard to Thessaloniki. Taking into account that the bibliograpy of local history includes more than 12,000 titles, participating in our seminars is actually the only way to enter this field.
Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):
All publications, teaching resources and notes are available in English and Greek via the Website. Museum exhibits and explanations are in Greek. Tour guides and curators can offer the tours in Greek, English, Ladino, Hebrew and other languages.
Other comments or details: