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NEW VANDAL ATTACK AGAINST TOMB AT THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF IOANNINA

Antisemitism targets even the dead. For the second time in less than a month a tomb was found vandalized at the Jewish cemetery of Ioannina. The  vandals chose the period of the High Holidays of the Jewish faith for the manifestation of their antisemitic hatred with the hideous act of removing the tombstone of a grave. Shame!

The State as well as the local authorities need to take all necessary measures for the safety of the Jewish Community and its sacred sites all over Greece, and particularly in Ioannina, where the Jewish cemetery has been the target of hatred attacks repeatedly in the past. Let the dead rest in peace!

Athens, September 10, 2021

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
MINISTER OF HEALTH THANOS PLEVRIS: I APOLOGIZE TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE
The newly appointed Minister of Health Thanos Plevris, reacted swiftly to the announcement of KIS regarding his past references to Auschwitz, with a statement posted on his social media accounts (Sept. 1st, 2021). The statement reads: My respect towards the victims of the Holocaust of the Jews is absolute and I am contrary to any kind of antisemitism. I have demonstrated it through many public statements, in a manner beyond any doubt. The reservations of KIS about me -due to my statement while acting as defense lawyer of my father, whom I totally disagree with- are understandable.

I never wanted to insult the Jewish people and I apologize if I have done so. I am sure that through my work as Minister of Health I will lift all the reservations of all those who doubt my respect to the victims of the Holocaust of the Jews and they will realize that I have no antisemitic feelings”.

Relevant:
-Facebook & Twitter of Health Minister Thanos Plevris 

-The Greek Reporter, Sept. 1, 2021: Greek Minister Apologizes for Auschwitz Remark

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE APPOINTMENT OF THANOS PLEVRIS AS MINISTER OF HEALTH
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its concern for the appointment of Thanos Plevris as Minister of Health.

In 2009, Mr. Thanos Plevris stated the following, inter alia, before the Greek Court of Justice: «I will refer to issues that have puzzled you. You are concerned about the reference to Auschwitz. The one that says “to keep the camp of Auschwitz in good conditions”. I will examine the most extreme interpretation. That the defendant with this reference means: “Keep the camp of Auschwitz in good conditions because I want, at some point, the national socialist regime to come back, Hitler to come back, take the Jews and put them in Auschwitz”. What kind of instigation is this? What incitement is this? Is it that one is not allowed to believe and want to believe that “I want to exterminate someone”?».

We expect Mr. Thanos Plevris to apologize to the Jewish people for this reference and express his unequivocal condemnation of intolerance, antisemitism and Holocaust denialists, conforming with the declared positions of the Greek Prime Minister. We also hope that the new Minister will address all citizens equally, regardless of skin color, race or religion.

 Athens, September 1st, 2021

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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VIDEO MESSAGE BY KIS PRESIDENT DAVID SALTIEL ON HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2021 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 08:50
In his video message, dedicated to the Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece David Saltiel referred to the story of Esther Cohen, Holocaust survivor who passed away last December. The story summarizes not only the barbarity with which the genocide of 6 million Jews was committed by the Nazis, but also important aspects of the Holocaust history, along with worthy messages for the responsibility towards Memory, the need of education and social awareness.
Watch the video here (English subtitles).

 
WE TALKED WITH THE GRANDSON OF HAIM PARDO ABOUT HIS FAMILY AND “THE JEWISH HERITAGE: PAST AND PRESENT” DIGITAL TOUR Print E-mail
Monday, 08 March 2021 13:59
by MARIA AIVALIOTI

We talked with Victor Asser, the grandson of Haim and Evgenia Pardo, two survivors of the Holocaust in Thessaloniki about history in the past and present. He told us about the story of his family and the Clio Muse digital tour “The Jewish heritage: past and present.”

Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

My name is Victor Asser and I am the 5th out of 8th grandchildren of Haim Pardo. I am born and raised in Athens by two parents that survived the Holocaust.

Which were your thoughts when you saw the story of your family narrated in the digital tour “The Jewish heritage: past and present”?

I was moved. Every journey back to my family’s past fills me with emotions of joy and nostalgia as well as it makes me think how important it is to have roots and wings for the present and the future.

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Message from the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Mrs. Niki Kerameus, for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, 27/1/2021 Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2021 10:12
“Ten transports arrived daily. There were not enough workers to carry the luggage, so it was piled in mountainous heaps and remained there at the station for days.

An extra shift of Sonderkommandos was added. Still it was not enough. At least 400 Greeks from Corfu and Athens transport were ordered in the Sonderkommando. Now, something truly unusual happened. These 400 demonstrated that in spite of the barbed wire and the lash, they were not slaves but human beings. With rare dignity, the Greeks refused to kill the Hungarians! They declared that they preferred to die themselves first. The Germans saw to that. But what a demonstration of courage and character these Greek peasants had given. A pity the world does not know more about them!”

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TWEET OF DAVID HARRIS FOR GREECE – TURKEY RELATIONS Print E-mail
Monday, 08 March 2021 12:45

AJC CEO David Harris made the following tweet about the relations between Greece and Turkey:  

"I stand w/ #Greece , as I have for past 30 yrs.

I cherish Greece as the wellspring for so much of our democratic tradition, philosophy & culture.

I value Greece’s ties w/ EU, US, NATO & Israel.

Greece faces repeated, unprovoked threats from Turkey.

I know where I stand".

 
MESSAGE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GREEK DELEGATION TO IHRA FOR HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2021 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 07:59
Video message of Dr Efstathios C. Lianos Liantis, Chairman of the Greek Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) & Special Envoy on Combating Antisemitism and Preserving Holocaust Remembrance / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Watch the video here.

 
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