Thank you note

My heartfelt thanks go to the survivors and their families for warmly receiving me throughout this unique journey, this personal, historical and artistic quest of mine, this adventure of knowledge and introspection, and for rightfully taking their place as the invaluable protagonists of this project.


I am indebted to the following people for their substantial contributions (in alphabetical order):


Bella Aaron

Stella Aaron

Fragiski Abatzopoulou, Professor Emeritus, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Eugenia Alexaki, Art Historian

Victor Andrescο, Director, Instituto Cervantes de Atenas (2012-2017)

Roni Aranya, Director, Salonika and Greece Jewry Heritage Center Leon Recanati

Nelly Arouch

Zanet Battinou, Director, Jewish Museum of Greece

Abraham Bengio, Honorary Deputy Director General, Rhône Alpes Region

Nadia Benveniste

Rika Benveniste, Historian, University of Thessaly

Sonja Bohnet, Press and Culture Consultant, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens

Stella Borboli

Alfredo Boto

Rina Castelnuovo and Jim Hollander, Τhe Lonka Project

Carmen Cohen, Director, Jewish Community of Rhodes

Maria Fragoulaki

Monika Frank, Press and Culture Consultant, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens (2016-2020)

Peter Garry, Deputy Head, European School, Brussels ΙΙΙ

Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum, New York

Rachel Haelion-Meseritz

Monis Halegoua, General Manager, Restion Elderly Care Centre

Yvonne Kapon

Spiros Lambridis, Greek Ambassador to Israel (2013-2016)

Erzel Mallel

Katerina Mandroni, Art Historian, European School, Brussels ΙΙΙ

Anna Matathia, Jewish Community of Corfu

Allegra Matsa, Jewish Community of Ioannina

Rassy Matsa

Giorgos Monogioudis, Project Manager at the Culture Department, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens

Manolis Moresopoulos, Artistic Director, Athens Photo Festival

Iakovos Mossios, Director, Saul Modiano Old People’s Home, Thessaloniki

Nikitas Mylopoulos,  Professor at the University of Thessaly, President of the Thessaloniki Concert Hall (2016-2019)

Anastasios Papadopoulos, President of the Parent-Teacher Association, European School, Brussels ΙΙΙ

Nanna Papanikolaou, Head of Cultural Events, Instituto Cervantes de Atenas

Ernst Reichel, German Ambassador to Greece

Lina Sabethai

Aby Saltiel

Solita Saltiel

Marta Silvia Dios Sanz, Literary Scholar – Writer

Julia Sasson

Sharon Sella, Salonika and Greece Jewry Heritage Center Leon Recanati

Rika and Lino Soussi

Lena Spatha

Konstantina Spiliopoulou

John Stathatos, Artistic Director, Photographic Encounters

Leah Peretz

Penelope Petsini, Panteion University

Odette Varon-Vassard, Historian, Jewish Museum of Greece

Nikos Vatopoulos, Journalist – Writer

Dominique Vidaud, Director, Maison d’Izieu

Emmanuel Vinader

Revekka Vital



Cultural and educational institutions, art galleries, and print and digital media that have contributed to the promotion of this project to the public over the years include the following (in alphabetical order):


Agathi-κartάλος gallery

Athens Jewish Community

Benaki Museum

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

École Française d’Athènes

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens

European School, Brussels III

1st High School of Tavros & 2nd High School of Kamateros

Foundation of the Hellenic World

Hellenic Parliament Foundation

Instituto Cervantes de Atenas

Jewish Community of Corfu

Jewish Community of Thessaloniki

Jewish Museum of Greece

Maison d’Izieu

Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv

Thessaloniki Concert Hall

Zeidoros art space


I am immeasurably grateful to Nikos Seferiadis for his unwavering, discreet and loving support of this complex endeavour.