The exhibition titled
“Belgrade Jews - Life and the Holocaust” (Beogradski Jevreji - zivot i
Holokaust) will open on January 24 at the Gallery of the Historical Archives of Belgrade
The display dedicated
to Belgrade Jews will mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January
The exhibition aims to
present lives of Belgrade Jews and remind the public of the Holocaust, to honor
the victims who have so far remained nameless, and to offer new insight into
those whose names have been known, Archives officials say.
“Belgrade Jews - Life and the Holocaust” is divided into four sections,
interweaving thematically and chronologically: Jews in Belgrade, The Whirlwind
of War, Victims, and Memories.
As announced, the
exhibition will be opened by Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic.
The Jews have
inhabited Belgrade since ancient times, while the first written account of
their presence in the city is found in the Turkish population census of 1560.
The Jewish community
persisted in Belgrade for centuries. They built synagogues, constructed
schools, printed books. Their efforts contributed to the economic, social and
cultural development of Belgrade. They took part in the country's political
life, and fought for its freedom.
Peaceful life of the
Jewish community in Belgrade was brought to an abrupt end by World War II. Out
of around 12,000 Jews who used to live in the capital, only a little over 1,000
survived the Holocaust.