Holocaust Museum

The Kalavrita Holocaust Museum was built by means of a bequest that Andreaw Syngros, the eminent Greek benefactor, left in 1897 to the Greek State with the stipulation that a large sum of it be spent on the creation of schools and charitable institutions.

It the site of the school where, through guile, Kalavrita’s unarmed civilians were led to by the Nazis.  It is the site of the school which, on that sad and tragic black Monday of December 13, 1943, was burnt to the ground by Nazis.  After the Liberation, the school was rebuilt according to its original architectural design and resumed its functions in 1950. In 1986, it was declared by the Ministry of Culture a national heritage monument and was designated as the building destined to house the Kalavrita Holocaust Municipal Museum. The Museum constitutes the symbol of the Kalavryta drama as enacted in the school building. Once the city’s residents had been gathered within, the Nazis had separated the grieving men from their women and children whom they locked up within the building deliberately planning to turn them into ashes along with the structure.  Kalavrita’s historical elementary school is known as the ‘Home of the Heroes’: It is the place that holds within the memory of those who were tragically and unfairly led to their death.