René Revach traveled to the death camps photographing her family's painful journey
He opened the old family trunk which was full of children's clothes, pillowcases, curtains and sheets. She chose a white tablecloth made of transparent knitted fabric and decided that this would become the "medium" that would transport her to the past and connect her family's history with her own imperative to confront "Tehom" (Tehom is the biblical Hebrew word for the primordial depth), the abyss of the Holocaust.
"First I dipped the cloth in water to lighten it from its heavy psychic load. Then I began the journey back in time following the railroad tracks that brought those cattle cars with their human cargo to the scene of the crime. So I got to Birkenau and Auschwitz to end up in water again – a wet cenotaph. For me, the water element is very important: I grew up in the water, there I "cleansed" my emotions", says photographer Rene Revach to "K".
The Foundation of the Hellenic Parliament for Parliamentaryism and Democracy, the Israeli Community of Thessaloniki, the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki and the G. Konstantinidis Archive invite you to the opening of the exhibition "In the same city: Christians and Jews in Thessaloniki", which will take place the Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 19:00, In exhibition space of the Hellenic Parliament Foundation, Vas. Sofias 11 (entrance from Sekeri Street).
Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to tour Thessaloniki at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th and get to know the townspeople - Jews and Christians - of the city through their common presence in culture, education, sports, the trade and entrepreneurship. The evidence of the exhibition comes mainly from the extremely rich archive of Georgiou Konstantinidis and the valuable collections of the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki. See HERE the INVITATION and HERE is the press release.
Capon Publications organizes the presentation of the book by Iakov Sibi and Karina Lampsa, "Sefarids, 1492-1932, From Spain to the Ottoman Empire and Greek Thessaloniki", on Monday, February 12, 2024 at 18:30 p.m., at the Athens Archaeological Society, 22 Panepistumi, Athens. See HERE the invitation. Read on here about the book.
As part of the Holocaust Remembrance Day events, the opening of the exhibition will take place on January 24, 2024 at the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki "Thessalonica Synagogues Unknown Aspects of Local History" which was edited by the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki with scientific advisor Dr. Ilias Messina.
The exhibition is of architectural and historical interest and includes stories about the people who connected their lives with these synagogues at weddings and other ceremonies.