The research program Mapping the Memory: Jewish students of Salonica in WWII and the Holocaust is the idea of three researchers, Angeliki Gavriiloglou, Christos Panourgias and Christos Chatziioanidis. It was materialized with the scientific curation of mr. Evaggelos Checkimoglou, curator in the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki and of mr. Giorgos Antoniou, assistant professor in the Chair of Jewish Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
The project was funded by the following institutes: the Claims Conference, the French School of Athens, the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, the Chair of Jewish Studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the American Consulate of Thessaloniki.
The project was completed thanks to close co – operation with the Historical Archive of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki. Special thanks are required to the archivist Mrs Aliki Arouh for her valuable help concerning the accurate identification of the students and the enrichment of this research with the required additional information.
Further thanks are required to the archivist Mrs Areti Makri at the Historical Archive of Macedonia. We would like to thank the teachers and principals for giving us access to their schools. We would also like to thank Mr Giorgos Liampas for allowing us to use his personal research on the students of the Piramatiko Scholio Panepistimiou Thessalonikis.
This program begun in 2016 with the research in selected school units of the Municipality of Thessaloniki as well as the Historical Archive of Macedonia. Several school archives were located there dated between 1939 and 1943. What followed was the taking of photos of those archives and their digitization. The information that are mentioned on the school archives is the following: Name, Surname, Father’s Name, Age and/or Date of Birth, Class, Father’s profession and Address.
Subsequently a database was created with all the Jewish students that attended those schools. We are able to know what happed to the children thanks to the database of the Historical Archive of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki.
The last stage was the digital illustration of the information and the creation of an interactive map upon which each student was placed according to his/hers address as it was mentioned on the archive. By selecting each student one can read all the related information. Also the map is supported by a database in which the visitor can research the students, a short historical and education background as well as short stories concerning a few selected students.
In August 2019 the first phase of this research program was completed with 1.448 Jewish students that attended 21 schools.