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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

 
HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2022: GREECE REMEMBERS… EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES Print E-mail
Monday, 31 January 2022 14:38
The entire Greek State, Greek Jewry and society paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust on January 27, 2022, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, stating their determination to combat anti-Semitism and any form of racism, as well as their commitment to the preservation of Memory.

Messages were posted by the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Education, political parties, as well as mayors throughout Greece. Messages were also issued by the Greek Presidency of IHRA, the Embassy of Israel to Greece and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece.
The Hellenic Parliament and the City Hall of Athens were illuminated on January 26th and 27th 2022 participating in the international We Remember remembrance campaign, conveying an important message of information and awareness of society. In addition
, the Hellenic Parliament observed a minute of silence as a tribute to the memory of the Holocaust victims. Speeches on the significance of the day were delivered the Parliament’s Vice President Nikitas Kaklamanis and representatives of the political parties.

The Greek Ministry of Education, with a circular letter to all schools of Greece, suggested a 2hour program dedicated to educational activities on the theme of the Holocaust to be conducted January 27. The Jewish Museum of Greece distributed educational material to schools and educators around Greece and promoted digital exhibitions and international initiatives related to the preservation of Holocaust memory.

Although EU Vice-President Margaritis Schinas participated in many online European actions, he chose to send his message from Greece and participated by physically attending the event of the Jewish Community of Athens on January 27, 2022, and was the keynote speaker at the event in Thessaloniki on January 30, 2022.

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THE HELLENIC PARLIAMENT ILLUMINATED FOR THE WE REMEMBER CAMPAIGN ON HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2022 Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 January 2022 19:38

 On the 27th of January 2022, the Hellenic Parliament participated in the international campaign #WeRemember of the WJC, by displaying on the facade of the Parliament’s building a message for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In this symbolic way, the Hellenic Parliament stated its clear stance against anti-Semitism, as well as its commitment to preserve the Memory of the Holocaust victims, as a universal message against intolerance and antisemitism. In 2004 the Hellenic Parliament legislated, with a unanimous vote, the «National Remembrance Day for the Greek Jews Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust».

The illumination of the building was made possible thanks to the decision taken by the President of the Parliament, Mr. Konstantinos Tasoulas, and the coordinated actions of his office and the technical department of the Parliament. 

The graphic design that was projected on the Parliament -apart from the We Remember logo- was illustrated with characteristic symbols of the Holocaust, such as the barbed wire, a hand tattooed with the inmate’s camp number, and the Star of David with which 6.000.000 Jews –amongst whom 67.000 Greek Jews- were singled out, marked, deported, tortured by the Nazis and their collaborators, and ultimately were brutally murdered in the German concentration and extermination camps.

 
THE ATHENS CITY HALL ILLUMINATED FOR THE WE REMEMBER 2022 CAMPAIGN Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 January 2022 09:52

The illumination of the imposing façade of the City Hall of Athens with the logo of the WJC #WE REMEMBER campaign, began in the evening of January 26, 2022. The illumination will continue tomorrow, on the 27th of January 2022, as a tribute to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the National Remembrance Day for the Greek Jews Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust.

The Municipality of Athens participates for the first time in #WE REMEMBER with this symbolic action of raising social awareness, for the implementation of which the Mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyiannis and the staff of his office were immediately mobilized, in spite of adversities caused by the extreme weather conditions that afflicted Athens. The city of Athens remembers the darkness of the Holocaust of the 6.000.000 Jews and “lights up” the future with the values of democracy and humanism. This is the dynamic message transmitted by the City Hall of Athens.

The Hellenic Parliament will also participate in this year’s #WE REMEMBER campaign with the illumination of its building, which will take place in the evening of the 27th of January 2022. 

 
MESSAGE BY THE GREEK PM MITSOTAKIS FOR THE HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2022 Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 January 2022 19:28

The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis posted on his facebook account the following message for the Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022:

“We do not forget our compatriots and all the Jews who perished in Auschwitz and the camps of horror.
Let the International Holocaust Remembrance Day be a beacon on the way of our everyday action against racism and antisemitism”.

 
MESSAGE OF THE GREEK PRESIDENCY OF THE IHRA FOR HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2021 Print E-mail
Friday, 28 January 2022 08:10
Honouring, Rethinking, Acting.

Today, we commemorate the victims and survivors of the hatred that was the driving force of a totalitarian, criminal regime and its collaborators. Absolute responsibility and duty of all of us, who choose to be called heirs of humanitarian and democratic values, is to honour the victims and survivors, to reflect upon their legacy and to act with this in mind.

Today, we commemorate the Jews, as well as the other victims of the Nazi Regime who suffered and died cruelly, inhumanly, all of them victims of an absurd, unthinkable, targeted hatred. We commemorate six million Jews of all ages, six million innocent people, who had committed no crime. Today, it is also an opportunity to remember the survivors, who have never ceased to remember, for the rest of their lives, the terror and the extreme violence they experienced.

Our remembrance is an elementary imperative. Equally elementary is our duty to reflect and rethink about the conditions under which the unthinkable happened. So that we will never have to admit again that “I was first seeing the dead and then the murder occurred”, as the Greek Nobel laureate poet, Odysseus Elytis, cautions. 

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