Synagonists: The Greek Jews in the National Resistance - The Ones Who Never Wore the Yellow Star

Published by Greek Reporter USA on April 25, 2015
Author - Ioanna Zikakou

The exhibition “Synagonistis: The Greek Jews in the National Resistance – The Ones Who Never Wore the Yellow Star” was officially launched in Washington. Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias, Greek Ambassador. Christos Panagopoulos, Senior Rabbi Bruce Lustig and the Director of Athens’ Jewish Museum Zanet Battinou, as well as several diplomatic, academic, cultural, journalistic and social elite representatives of the Greek-American and American-Jewish communities were present at the launch event. 

The exhibition, originating from the Jewish Museum of Greece and presented by the Embassy of Greece, aims to honor the contribution of the Greek Jewish fighters to the struggle against the Nazis in occupied Greece, as well as dispute the theory that all Jews succumbed to the Holocaust like “lambs to the slaughter.” Apart from the historical reality of 1941-44, the exhibition presents the personal stories of Greek-Jews who participated in the National Resistance during the Second World War and joined in all the Greek resistance organizations of the era.
Thorough research that went on for five years resulted in the collection of personal stories of men and women from various Jewish communities of Greece, who took up arms in the dark days of the Occupation and were named “comrades in arms,” the supreme title of honor among Resistance fighters. Photographs, documents, letters, proclamations, resistance newspapers and other relevant material are being presented for the first time. The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual catalog, a documentary film by David Gavriilidis, as well as a specially designed educational program for schools.