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Over the centuries, Thessaloniki (Salonika) in Greece has been a melting pot of different religions and cultures, a crossroads and land of peaceful coexistence for different ethnicities. But its unique status as a cosmopolitan city ended abruptly in the 20th century with the deportation of its Jewish population during WWII, marking the demise of what was once known as the “Jerusalem of the Balkans.” Today, the old temples are nothing more than ruins and little notice is taken of the old Jewish tombstones that are used throughout the city as building material, their Hebrew inscriptions still legible. Despite numerous witnesses from the past, it is as if the era when Christians, Jews, and Muslims lived together never happened at all. A city that was once home to myriads of cultures for thousands of years suddenly forgets its recent history, as if it is suffering from amnesia. Salonika: A City with Amnesia goes back in time and looks at out how activists, politicians, historians, and contemporary witnesses deal with their tumultuous past. With the help of newly digitalized archive footage and historical documents, this remarkable film sheds light on the city’s buried past.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with directors Max Geilke & Mario Forth, editor Nicole Schmeier, and moderator Dr. Annette Fromm. To view the conversation please click here.


The Miami Jewish Film Festival virtual program is made possible with the generous support of Benjamin Nahum and Tamar Roodner.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    91 minutes
  • Language
    English, German
  • Country
  • Premiere
    North American Premiere
  • Director
    Mario Forth, Max Geilke
  • Screenwriter
    Mario Forth, Max Geilke
  • Cast
    Rena Molho, Andreas Assael, Mary Kosmidis, Joseph Kaplan
  • Editor
    Nicole Schmeier
  • Music
    Savina Yannatou, Ventanas Altas