During the Holocaust of the Second World War, over 87% of the Jewish population of Greece died in Nazi concentration camps. That tragic story, and much more, is available to visitors staying in budget hotels near the Jewish Museum in Athens. Officially known as the Jewish Museum of Greece, this small institution traces the history of Jewish people in Greek communities back to the 6th century BC. In addition to the horrific account of the 45,000 Jews from Thessaloniki who went to the death camps in 1943, visitors can also learn the story of the Sepharic Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition to settle in Greece.
When you come from your discount hotel in Athens near the Jewish Museum, you will find displays of vivid memorabilia set out in an elegant Neo-Classical building located near Place. The museum pays a moving tribute to the diversity of the various Jewish communities. Collections are organized according to periods and themes. For example, you will learn about the Romaniotes, Jews who espoused Greek culture and wrote Greek in the script of the Hebrews. You will see traditional costumes and ceremonial religious instruments. Of particular interest is a reconstruction of the ebal, an ark containing the Torah from the Petra synagogue of ancient Syria.
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