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KIS STATEMENT FOR KRISTALLNACHT AND GREEK PM’s ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ADOPITION OF IHRA’S DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM
Tonight, November 9, 2019, we remember that sad night of November 9, 1938 when in Adolf Hitler's Germany became the first mass pogrom against Jews.

That night, people didn't hear the crystal sounds. The world was indifferent. It was related only to the Jews!  But the "Kristallnacht" was the beginning of the atrocities of Nazism that caused the industrialized death of 6,000,000 Jews and millions of other victims of racism and intolerance.

Despite the total disaster, the world has not been taught that Anti-Semitism can be launched against the Jews, but it does not stop to the Jews. It threatens the very life and existence of every human being and attempts to enforce inhumanity, violating any humanitarian value.

We therefore welcome the announcement by the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, that Greece adopts the definitions of Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial as voted on by the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) and their integration into legislation and education. Today, on the 81st anniversary of the "Kristallnacht”, Greece sent a powerful message: that our country stands against anti-Semitism, fanaticism and xenophobia.

Athens, November 9, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece


Relevant:

AJC, 8.11.2019: AJC praises Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis for endorsing international antisemitism definition

 
GREECE ADOPTS THE DEFINITIONS OF IHRA FOR ANTI-SEMITISM AND HOLOCAUST DENIAL – ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER
On the eve of the Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht) anniversary, one of the most tragic moments in Jewish history, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Mr. David Saltiel and members of the Board, as well as with the Head of the Greek Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), Dr. Efstathios C.  Lianos Liantis, in order to announce the adoption by Greece of the IHRA Working Definitions on anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial.

The Definition of anti-Semitism has been adopted by many countries members and non-members of the European Union as well by the European Parliament, which has called its member-states to incorporate it into their national legislations, through its relevant directive.  However, with today’s announcement Greece becomes the first country to adopt the Working Definition of Holocaust Denial and Distortion, in an act of great historical importance.

The Prime Minister was briefed on the preparation of the 2021 Greek Chairmanship of the IHRA, an event that will bring the country at the forefront among States that fight anti-Semitism and have a decisive say in the preparation and implementation of legislative and educational initiatives to combat it.

The Greek IHRA Chairmanship, which coincides with the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution, will promote a network of academic, educational and cultural activities focusing on the role of education and social media in preserving Holocaust Remembrance, as well on promoting the two-thousand-year-old history of Greek Jews. The Prime Minister assigned the oversight of this project as well as the coordination and supervision of the integration of the Definitions into domestic legislation and education to the Vice-President of the Government, Mr. Panagiotis Pikrammenos, who participated in today's meeting.
Source: www.primeminister.gr, 8.11.2019

Relevant:
KIS Announcement, 9.11.2019
EJP, 10.11.2019
AJC, 8.11.2019: AJC praises Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis for endorsing international antisemitism definition


 
SHE GREW UP ON A REMOTE ITALIAN ISLAND. THEN CAME THE HOLOCAUST Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 November 2019 13:38
Four years ago, while researching the war years in Italy, I was introduced to Stella Levi, now 96, probably the only New Yorker among the handful of remaining members of the Jewish community of Rhodes, a now Greek island with a multinational past.

I went to her apartment on a Saturday, intending to ask her a few questions; several hundred Saturdays later, she is still answering.

It turns out that other people are interested in Ms. Levi’s memories, too. Centro Primo Levi, a nonprofit focused on exploring the Italian-Jewish experience, along with the Rhodes Jewish Historical Foundation, have created a pop-up installation in Greenwich Village, a few doors down from Ms. Levi’s home. The show is using concerts, conversations, films, artifacts, and even food to evoke Ms. Levi’s life and Jewish culture generally in prewar Rhodes.

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IN FADING RITUAL, WWII RESCUER REUNITES WITH JEWS SHE SAVED Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 November 2019 10:36
Aron Heller

One by one, the 40 descendants of a group of Israeli siblings leaned down and hugged the elderly Greek woman to whom they owe their very existence, as she sat in her wheelchair and wiped away tears streaking down her wrinkled face. Clutching the hands of those she hid, fed and protected as a teenager more than 75 years ago, 92-year-old Melpomeni Dina said she could now "die quietly." 

Sunday's emotional encounter was the first time Dina had met the offspring of the Mordechai family she helped save during the Holocaust. Once a regular ritual at Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, such gatherings are rapidly dwindling due to the advanced ages of both survivors and rescuers and may not happen again. The soon-to-be-extinct reunion is the latest reminder for Holocaust commemorators preparing for a post-survivor world. "The risk they took upon themselves to take in an entire family knowing that it put them and everyone around them in danger," said Sarah Yanai, today 86, who was the oldest of the five siblings Dina and others sheltered. "Look at all these around us. We are now a very large and happy family and it is all thanks to them saving us." 

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PRESIDENT PAVLOPOULOS OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW WING OF JEWISH MUSEUM IN THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 11:46

By  Nick Kampouris

The President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos officially opened the new wing of the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki on Sunday afternoon October 27th, 2019.

In his remarks, President Pavlopoulos noted the need to remember that the Holocaust was the most atrocious crime against humanity at a time when admirers of Nazism and fascism are emerging again in Europe. President Pavlopoulos highlighted the need to remember, for the sake of humanity, that the Holocaust was the most atrocious crime of all because it insulted human existence itself and totally discredited the value of human life and individual freedom and dignity. ”So, it can never happen again, at any cost,” Pavlopoulos declared. The President of the Republic said that he would like the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki to serve as a beacon for the fulfillment of the self-evident and permanent duty to remember those crimes against humanity. 

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THE PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE HAS BEEN DECORATED BY ITALY Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 November 2019 10:13

In a humble ceremony held at the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, on November 18th, 2019, Mr. David Saltiel, President of the Central Board of the Jewish Communities in Greece and President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki was decorated with the medal and title of Ufficiale dell’ Ordine della Stella d’ Italia - Officer of the Order of the Italian Star - by His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy to Greece Mr. Luigi Marras.

In its tweet the Italian Embassy mentioned David Saltiel as a "True friend of Italy". The title of Officer constitutes the highest level of the Order of the Italian Star, as Mr. D. Saltiel was already honored with the title of Commander of that Order, since 2008.  The Order is bestowed to outstanding personalities for their contribution in promoting business and cultural relations between Italy and other countries.

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VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL TO GREECE Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 October 2019 12:17
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, Mr. Israel Katz, pays an official visit to Greece from October 30th to November 1st, 2019.

The Israeli Foreign Minister will meet during his short visit with his Greek counterpart, Mr. Nikos Dendias, and will be received by the Prime Minister, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos.

The visit of Mr. Katz to Athens at a time when deliberations are being held in Israel for the formation of a new government after elections is a sign of the importance Israel attributes to Israeli-Greek relations and maintaining their momentum.  The two countries attach the highest importance to ongoing exchanges on regional and global developments.


SOURCE: PRESS RELEASE OF THE EMBASSY OF ISRAEL, 30.10.2019

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