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GREEK PRESIDENT SAKELLAROPOULOU VISITED THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF THESSALONIKI
President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou said that the history of Thessaloniki's Jews "fills us with admiration, stimulates our conscience and invites us to be vigilant," speaking after her visit at the city's Jewish Museum on Tuesday October 27, 2020.

She also expressed sentiments of "respect, sadness, maybe some shame: with these feelings I followed in the footsteps of the over-2,000-year-old Jewish presence in Thessaloniki." The Jewish community, she said, "enriched the city with its culture, creativity, entrepreneurship, vitality, but was severely tested in the 20th century, culminating in its almost complete annihilation in Nazi camps."

Sakellaropoulou was welcomed at the Jewish Museum and accompanied during her tour there by the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki David Saltiel.

Also on Tuesday, the President attended the swearing-in ceremony of new officers at the military school in Thessaloniki.

Source: AMNA, October 27, 2020

 
CULTURAL AND HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION EVENTS IN CORFU MARKED THE GERMAN PRESIDENCY OF IHRA – October 23 to 25, 2020
A series of events that took place on the island of Corfu from October 23 to 25, 2020, marked the current German presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The program of events was organized by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Greece with the cooperation of the Municipality of Corfu, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) and the local Jewish Community.

In order to conform with the pandemic measures and safeguard public health, this year’s rich program –which included lectures, artistic and historical  exhibitions and a concert- was a functional combination of on-line events as well as local ones, with products that will remain on show in Cofru for educational purposes.

The opening ceremony was held on October 23, at the Municipal Theater and included speeches by the Prefect of the Ionial Islands Ms. Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, the Mayor Ms. Meropi Hydreou, the German Ambassador Ernst Reichel, KIS President David Saltiel, and the Honorary President of the Corfu Jewish Community Lino Soussis. All speakers stressed the importance of a globally coordinated cooperation in order to combat racism and antisemitism in all its forms, and raise awareness through educational projects.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ATTACKS AGAINST JEWISH SITES – GRAFFITI AT THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT OF THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Monday, 19 October 2020 12:21
A hideous graffiti, that last Friday, October 16, 2020, defaced the Holocaust Monument of Thessaloniki, was added to the chain of desecrations, threats and vandalism that occurred last week in Greece: “Juden raus” graffiti at the Jewish Cemetery of Athens, “Death to Israel” at the Jewish Cemetery of Thessaloniki, four vandalized tombs at the Jewish Cemetery of Rhodes, and this most recent “With Jews you lose” graffiti, spray-painted on the façade of the Monument dedicated to the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki who were exterminated during the Holocaust.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece condemns this new wave of vandal attacks, launched by the followers of bigotry and fanaticism as a statement of their presence in a period when the Greek State, the society and recently the Greek Justice have condemned the neo-Nazi groups as criminal organizations. We are not afraid of them!

Tolerating the vandalism of cemeteries and monuments equals tolerating the vandalism of memory and civilization; it represents the toleration of anti-Semitism. We urge the law enforcement authorities to do their utmost to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to Justice. Let us not tolerate behaviors that aim at imposing obscurantism in our country.

Athens, October 19, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
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VANDALISM OF THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF RHODES Print E-mail
Monday, 19 October 2020 12:10
Last week, four tombstones of the Jewish Cemetery of Rhodes were vandalized.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent a letter to the Minister of Citizen Protection, Michalis Chrysohoides, and called for the arrest of the perpetrators and the reinforcement of security measures on all Jewish institutions and monuments in Greece.

Athens, October 19, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ATTACKS AGAINST JEWISH SITES – GRAFFITI AT THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT OF THESSALONIKI


 
MITSOTAKIS, PIKRAMMENOS MEET WITH KIS CHAIRMAN & SECRETARY GENERAL Print E-mail
Friday, 09 October 2020 11:08
ATHENS -- Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Deputy Premier Panagiotis Pikrammenos met with Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) Chairman David Saltiel and Secretary General Victor Eliezer, at the Maximos Mansion on Thursday.

According to government sources, they welcomed the appeals court ruling on Wednesday condemning the former parliamentary party Golden Dawn as a criminal oganization, and said that it was a historic verdict for Greek justice.

Saltiel said the Jewish communities of Greece had expressed concern when members of the Golden Dawn took seats in parliament in 2012, and recalled the stances of former PM Antonis Samaras and the current PM that the Greek state will not tolerate violence by any neo-Nazi group.

The two sides also discussed the construction of the Holocaust Museum in Thessaloniki and the events scheduled during Greece's presidency in 2021 of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), as well as events in the context of the 200th anniversary of the Greek uprise for independence in 1821.

SOURCE: 
thenationalherald.com, 8.10.2020

 
I NEVER DOUBTED… ARTICLE BY KIS PRESIDENT DAVID SALTIEL ON GOLDEN DAWN’S CONVICTION Print E-mail
Monday, 26 October 2020 10:19
Published in the Sunday edition of the Greek newspaper TO VIMA, October 11, 2020:

I never doubted… Probably due to the fact that I am not a lawyer or just because of it.

To this day my way of thinking relies upon a combination of history and current data consideration – yet, I never ignore my instinct… And on this occasion there was perfect concordance between critical thinking and instincts that Greek Justice would convict the neo-Nazi party.

Indeed, Justice concluded its mission –an onerous task of high significance- and ruled that Golden Dawn is a criminal organization and that its leadership is not blameless of its member’s activity. This verdict was very rightfully described as a “historic” one and a “landmark decision”. Epic, I would add.

With the representation in Parliament of the neo-Nazi group, our Democracy suffered a strong blow. Eight years later, with the outcome of the trial, Justice showed how strong the foundations of Democracy are in our country because they are built upon the principle of the respect of Human Rights.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE COURT VERDICT CONVICTING GOLDEN DAWN AS A CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 October 2020 11:38
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the historic verdict of the Greek Justice that delegitimizes the neo-Nazi organizations and at the same time fortifies Democracy in the country. Today’s court decision seals the truth of the matter: the magnitude of the danger the neonazi organizations represent while they exploit patriotism in order to disseminate hatred and promote obscurantism.

After the murder of Pavlos Fyssas, the violent attacks, the Nazi salutations in the Parliament, the Holocaust denial, the racist violence and the vandalism of Jewish sites, the Greek Jews express their satisfaction that the Greek Justice -following thorough and exhaustive consideration- defined the true face of the neo-Nazi organization. Nonetheless, we must not forget that in the past this organization had gained the trust of thousands of our compatriots and its leadership had seats in the Greek Parliament.

Having witnessed the horrors of Nazism, that counted 6 million victims of the Holocaust, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, since day one of their election, in 2012, had publicly stressed the dangers looming over Democracy and the need to combat the neo-Nazi organizations at all levels of public life.

Their delegitimization by the Greek Justice and their definition as “criminal organizations” does not mean that we let our guard down. On the contrary, it encourages the battle against Nazism so that the serpent’s egg will never be reborn in Greece.

Athens, October 7, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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