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KIS FOR THE HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2023 -Meeting with the Special Envoys on Anti-Semitism

The Presidium of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), the Special Envoy of the Greek Foreign Ministry for Combating Antisemitism and for the Protection of Holocaust Remembrance, Ambassador Ms Chrysoula Aliferi, and her predecessor, Ambassador Mr Dimitris Giannakakis, participate in this year's Holocaust Remembrance Campaign #WE REMEMBER, in the framework of a meeting held at KIS Offices on January 25, 2023.

The commitment to the preservation of the Memory, the promotion of Education through cultural and informative activities, educational programs, the national action plan against anti-Semitism, were some of the topics discussed during the meeting.

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VANDALISM OF THE MURAL DEDICATED TO THE DEPORTATION TO THE JEWS OF THESSALONIKI

Vandal antisemites roam freely and stain undisturbed any attempt to preserve Holocaust memory in Thessaloniki.

For the second time, the mural commemorating the deportation of the Jews of Thessaloniki to the German extermination camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, which was created by the "Vardaris Neighborhood Group" and adorns the surrounding wall of the new railway station of Thessaloniki, with views from the pre-war and occupation periods of Thessaloniki, was vandalized.

This time the nostalgics of Nazism declared their intentions and anti-Jewish hatred with swastikas and fascist symbols.

This is the second anti-Semitic incident in a few days, after the desecration of the Monument dedicated to the old Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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KIS CONDEMS VANDALISM OF THE JEWISH MONUMENT IN THE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
The Monument dedicated to the Jewish cemetery situated in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was once more target of hideous vandalism. A swastika was sprayed on the grave that symbolizes the sacredness of the Jewish cemetery -one of the oldest in Europe- which was destroyed in 1942 by the Nazis and their collaborators, as well as the annihilation of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, the largest in Greece, during the Holocaust. The marble dedication of the Monument was also desecrated with a fascist symbol.

With the stain of the horrific Nazi swastika and a fascist-inspired graffiti we bid farewell to 2022, a year during which no incidents of vandalism of Jewish sites were registered in Greece. We condemn the unholy act of the vandals, followers of intolerance and antisemitism that express their hatred and fanaticism through the profanation of the memory of the Salonican Jews. No tolerance to antisemitism!

We call on the Law enforcement authorities to be mobilized in order to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to Justice.

Athens, December 29, 2022

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
THE GREEK JEWRY CONGRATULATES ARIS FC AND MACCABI HAIFA FC Print E-mail
Monday, 05 December 2022 13:24
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece congratulates the football clubs of Aris, Thessaloniki, and Maccabi Haifa on the dynamic message against intolerance and antisemitism sent from the “Vikelidis” stadium during the friendly match of December 4, 2022.

The Greek Jewry welcomes the decision of both teams to donate all the proceeds of the match for the erection of the Holocaust Museum of Greece, in Thessaloniki. This is a meaningful action, an initiative in the memory of the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators in the German death camps.

The two teams demonstrated their strong commitment to fostering solidarity and mutual respect in the stadiums, in sports and in society at large. Their example shows the way in the struggle against fanaticism, antisemitism and violence.

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

Athens, December 5, 2022

 
FRIENDLY FOOTBALL GAME between ARIS & MACCABI HAIFA: THE PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM of GREECE IN THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Monday, 28 November 2022 12:18

On Sunday, December 4th, 2022 the football club of Thessaloniki “ARIS” welcomes to "Kleanthis Vikelidis" Stadium (18.30) the Israeli Champion, Maccabi Haifa F.C., in a charity international friendly football game.

It will not, however, be an... ordinary football game. It is a very good opportunity, ARIS F.C. to remind and keep unquenchable in the thoughts of all of us, issues greater than football that concern everybody.

The game against Maccabi Haifa F.C. has a significant symbolism, perhaps more relevant than ever.

We hope that this Greek-Israeli football game will be able to raise awareness of and educate younger generations about the Holocaust Remembrance and the fight against antisemitism, racism, discrimination, and social exclusions.

All the proceeds from the football game will be donated to support the completion of the new Holocaust Museum of Greece, in Thessaloniki.

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HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR MOSHE AELION PASSED AWAY Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 November 2022 14:40
Thessaloniki (native) Holocaust survivor Moshe Aelion, who lived with his family permanently in Israel and until his last breath fought to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive, passed away on November 1st, 2022 at the age of 97. 
 
“For years I have believed that it is essential that the human consciousness never forgets what happened during the Holocaust. That’s why I decided, like many other survivors, to narrate, as long as I live, what I experienced,” said Moshe Aelion, in an interview he gave years ago to AMNA, who after the atrocity of the camps-hells of the Third Reich, started a new life in Israel.
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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE TERROR ATTACK IN JERUSALEM Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 November 2022 12:35

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the Greek Jewry’s deep sorrow for the fact that once more innocent people become the victims of a blind and ruthless terror attack, this time in Jerusalem.

We share the pain of the family than mourns the loss of a 16-year old young boy and we wish to the dozens of wounded a speedy recovery.

We stand by the Israeli citizens who deal with the threat of terror attacks in their everyday life and we he hope that prudence will prevail, and a solution will be reached that will ultimately put an end to the bloodshed of the innocent.

Athens, November 24, 2022

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
INAUGURATION OF THE RENOVATED SYNAGOGUE OF TRIKALA Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 October 2022 09:21

With much emotion, solemnity and infinite memories, the reopening of the renovated synagogue of the Kal Kadosh Yavanim of Trikala was inaugurated on Sunday 16 October 2022, in the presence of the Ministers of Interior, Makis Voridis and Energy, Kostas Skrekas, the Deputy Minister of Citizen Protection, Lefteris Economou, members of parliament and numerous Jewish visitors from Greece and Israel. It was a project that restored the problems that existed in the building of the historic synagogue, bringing it back to life.

The restoration of the synagogue was made possible thanks to the support of donors from Greece and abroad. The importance of their contribution was stressed during the inauguration event. The Mayor of Trikala, Dimitris Papastergiou described the inauguration as "a wonderful day and a day of celebration for Trikala", noting that the city has an "open mind and heart; it was and remains multicultural".

For his part, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), Mr. David Saltiel emphasized that the ceremony "sends out multiple messages", as it "inaugurates the renovated and safe building and a new era in the continuation of Jewish life in Trikala", "highlights the long history and culture of the Community", "confirms the brotherhood that this place has cultivated" and "marks solidarity".

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