The Jewish Museum of Cyprus (JMC) is launching the campaign to educate the world about the historical and cultural importance of Cyprus to the Jewish people, Israel, Europe, Russia and the rest of the world.
Historic significance of Cyprus in WWII
During WWII, Cyprus had become a transit point for many remnants of Jewish refugees fleeing the flaming concentration camps of Europe, trying to reach the land of Israel. Those who were caught were held in British detention camps in Cyprus.
The 53,000 + Jewish Refugees owed their health and well-being to Cyprus and to righteous Cypriots. Jewish Refugees who once lived in Cyprus moved to different parts of the world.
As such, Cyprus and Cypriots were responsible for helping to promote the re-birth of Jewish life, culture, religious observation and the Jewish heritage throughout the world.
Cyprus and Cypriots played an important role in assisting Holocaust victims escaping Europe after World War II as they made their way to Israel.
That is the importance that Cyprus holds for Jews throughout the world. And, that is the importance that the Jewish communities around the world owe to Cyprus.
Rare artefact from WW2 in Cyprus
The JMC has sourced a rare and original artefact from historical remnants of WW2. The artefact, a “Nissen hut”. The original shelter was used to house the thousands of Jewish captives feeling Europe after WW2. There were a total of 12 camps, which operated from August 1946 to January 1949, and in total held 53,510 people. Over 2,200 Jewish children were born on Cyprus soil during this time.
The restoration and display of this Nissen hut was placed as a sign of gratitude from the Jewish Community of Cyprus to the noble of men and women who have extended their hands in kindness to the Jewish refugees, rescued from the flames of the Holocaust and who stayed at the British DP Camps between 1946 – 1949 at their last stop on their journey to their homeland of Israel.
The Nissen hut attraction is open for viewing, Monday to Thursday between the hours of 9-5, and can be found at Apollodorou 4, 6020 Larnaca. For viewings, please call: 24668770
Rabbi Raskin and his son, Shneor, discovered the Nissen hut.
Display inside the Nissen hut
Mr Joseph Katz, and his family. Mr Joseph Katz was only 8 years old when he and his parents were entered to the camps
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The Jewish Museum of Cyprus will educate visitors from across the globe about the history of Jews in Cyprus, a history that goes back a few thousand years.
The Museum building will be a place where parents, families, individual and educators can come see something that they have never seen before in a way that it has never been presented before, to have a memorable experience, relax, learn, do research or have a snack.
The Virtual Reality Exhibits will allow a person to “be in” and experience the holy sites of Israel, walk around the Cyprus internment camps and see what it was like to be a Jew during the Holocaust