Jewish men between the ages of 18-45 were gathered at Liberty Square (Plateia Eleftheria) in central Thessaloniki and were subjected to humiliation and abuse. The event became known as "Black Saturday". Some 2,000 of them were sent to forced labor for the German Army. In February 1943, the Jews of Thessaloniki were confined in a ghetto. Deportations started in March, and by August, almost all of the Jews of Thessaloniki had been deported and murdered in Auschwitz and Treblinka. 54,000 out of 56,000 Jews living in Thessaloniki before the war were murdered in the Holocaust.
Sunday to Thursday: 09:00-17:00
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Yad Vashem is closed on Saturdays and all Jewish Holidays.
Entrance to the Holocaust History Museum is not permitted for children under the age of 10. Babies in strollers or carriers will not be permitted to enter.