Salonika, "Jerusalem of the Balkans", the photo exhibition at the MahJ

Published by Sponsorisé · Published on November 23th, 2023 at 05:06 p.m.
The Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme highlights Salonika, the "Jerusalem of the Balkans" in an exhibition of 150 photographs from the second half of the 19th century to the end of the First World War. From September 19, 2023 to April 21, 2024!

For more than 2,000 years, Thessaloniki was home to an uninterrupted Jewish community which, at the turn of the 20th century, constituted the majority of the population, making this economic capital of independent Greece the "Jerusalem of the Balkans" until the almost total deportation of the Jews in 1943.

Albumin prints by the first local photographer, Paul Zepdji, and previously unpublished glass-plate negatives by Ali Eniss, druggist at the German consulate and passionate amateur who wrote a lively photographic chronicle of the city, bring to life a vanished world. The collection also includes autochromes, albums by amateur photographers, documents from the photographic service of the French Army of the East, postcards, brochures and magazines that tell the story of life in the city.

All the photographs and documents come from the 400-piece collection donated to the mahJ by Pierre de Gigord, a great collector devoted to the history of the Ottoman Empire, with an astute eye and admirable generosity.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From September 19th, 2023 to April 21th, 2024



    71 Rue du Temple
    75003 Paris 3

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    Tarif enfant -18ans: Free
    Tarif jeune -26ans: €5.5
    Tarif réduit: €7.5
    Tarif plein: €10.5

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