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The Jewish Museum of Greece
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A Walking Tour of Jewish Athens
Ranked #79 of 350 things to do in Athens
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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2009

This museum is held in what appears to be a former home. It consists of four floors. The whole museum can easily be seen within an hour.

It was fascinating to learn of the little-known impact of the Jewish world on this culture. There is very little evidence of it currently (I did not see one synagogue in Athens). Nearly 87% of Greek Jews were annihilated by the Nazis, so it is wonderful that the community financed and organized such a place.

This is an excellent place to purchase non-kitschy, non-tchotchke souvenirs.

3 Thank NovemberTravels
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Worth the hour to look around.”
Reviewed 12 September 2009

When I read that there was a Jewish Museum I wanted to find it to learn something about the history of Greek Jews. The museum is small but nice and worth popping into since it's right in the downtown core.

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Home Base - Massachusetts
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 5 September 2008

Based on a recommendation from a local Athens professional tour guide we found our way to the Jewish Museum in Central Athens. Housed in a plan buiding in the Plaka section of Athens we were so impressed by what we found in the museum. It chronicles that history of the Jews of Greece from ancient (B.C.) to the present day communities (or what is left of them). Part of the museum tells the story through the memories of those who experienced what happened during the 20th century when close to 90% of the Jews of Greece were killed by the Nazis. The exhibits are wonderfully prepared and displayed. The format allows you to see all of the museum in an hour or so. It was a real learning experience and we are so glad we went. It is worth a trip for those who have an interest in the history of the Jews of Greece.

6 Thank MassTraveler
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Carlsbad, California
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42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Just to add”
Reviewed 29 September 2006

I would just like to add a couple things to the previous review.
Along with this being a gem of a museum, as the previous poster mentioned, it is also quite convenient to travelers - it's just a few short blocks from the main Plaka District.
Also, along with Hitler's awful legacy, the museum details the courageous efforts of some of the Greek Orthodox Bishops to protect Jews in their communities. Despite its ultimate futility, that story is quite inspiring as well.

9 Thank StrandFan
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“fascinating Jewish Museum about a lost part of Greece”
Reviewed 8 September 2005

This is a fascinating little museum about the decimated Jewish communities of Greece. Apparently there were very large Jewish communities in Greece that went back to ancient times. 95% of the Jewish population was killed in the Holocaust so now there are hardly any Greek Jews left in Greece.
Hitler succeeded in Greece of relegating the Jews to a museum.
However, this is a worthy museum, detailing the culture, clothes, synagogues of these lost communities. This is defintely worth a visit.

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