Municipal Museum of the Kalavrita Holocaust

The Museum of the Kalavrita Holocaust is inextricably linked to the martyrdom past of the city and is loaded with emotion and memories.

On 13 December 1943 it was destined to play a leading role in the tragedy, as the German soldiers separated the population of Kalavrita in this place. Men and teenagers were taken to be executed, while young children, women and the elderly were locked inside the school, which was set on fire. This is where the horrific separation and all the brutality of Nazism was experienced.

With personal belongings of those executed, photographs, historical documents and artists' works inspired by the sacrifice of the Kalavritans, the Museum vividly captures the atrocity as it takes us on a tour through time and history. At the entrance of the Museum, the shocking sculpture of the Suffering Mother, conveys the anguish, and the mourning experienced by the Kalavritans in 1943, but also the fortitude, the tremendous freedom to fight with all your strength to rebuild your life from the beginning.

On 13 December 1943 the school was burnt to the ground and after the liberation it was rebuilt according to its original plan. In 1955 it was reopened as a school, while in 1986 it was declared a historical monument by the Ministry of Culture and it was decided to house the Municipal Museum of the Kalavritan Holocaust, which was inaugurated on 9 January 2005 (by the former President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Konstantinos Stephanopoulos). It is worth mentioning that there is a digital tour application available for the exhibition areas of the Museum and the monuments of the martyred city of Kalavrita and the wider region.

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