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GREECE - JANUARY 27, 2021: HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY EVENTS

The Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated in Greece since 2004, when the Greek Parliament unanimously voted for Law 3218/2004, which established the 27th of January as the "National Remembrance Day of the Greek Jewish Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust".  The Greek Parliament, as well as the country’s Regional Administrations, with the cooperation of the local Jewish Communities, organize annually a series of commemoration, cultural and educational events.

This year -due to the pandemic restrictions- most events were held on-line.  From documentaries, to survivors’ testimonies, concerts, lectures and interviews, the 2021 programme covered a vast scale of activities that approached Holocaust history from many aspects and stressed the message of tolerance and respect of Human Rights. Greek officials, at the highest level, joined Holocaust commemoration events. The most symbolic ones were the following:

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ILLUMINATION OF THE WHITE TOWER IN THESSALONIKI FOR THE NATIONAL REMEMBRANCE DAY OF THE GREEK JEWS MARTYRS AND HEROES OF THE HOLOCAUST

THESSALONIKH, January 27, 2021.- Today the White Tower, wears the yellow star exactly like the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki, the 67.000 Greek Jews and the 6.000.000 Jews of Europe, 78 years ago. The White Tower bears the piece of cloth that became the stigma that would lead millions of innocents to be deported and exterminated during the Holocaust.

The city of Thessaloniki remembers and mourns for the loss of 20% of the city’s population. A dynamic and vibrant part of the society that was wiped out, as hatred and inhumanity prevailed. 

The yellow star on the White Tower, the landmark of Thessaloniki, is a promise by the city to turn the pain of the loss into one strong, unwavering, united, clear voice for  freedom, respect, solidarity, justice….  against those few, who still strive to see racism and hatred rise again. 

With this symbolic activity, the city of Thessaloniki and the Jewish Communtiy also joined the WJC #WeRemember campaign. 

The illumination event will be streamed today January 27, 2021 at 17:00 CET 

WATCH ON www.jcthessaloniki.gr  & WATCH ON YOUTUBE

 
VIDEO MESSAGE BY KIS PRESIDENT DAVID SALTIEL ON HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2021
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).

 
GREEK JEWRY REJOICES THE RELEASE OF GILAD SHALIT Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 October 2011 08:21
ANNOUNCEMENT

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its satisfaction for the release of the 25year old Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, in return for the release of 1.027 Palestinian prisoners, condemned for terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens and detained in Israel. Gilad Shalit was arrested and kept hostage by Hamas in 2006 and since then it was not allowed to any humanitarian organization, including the International Red Cross, to see him. 

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ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE NEW GOVERNMENT Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 November 2011 14:26
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece congratulates Mr. Loucas Papademos on his appointment as Prime Minister and expresses warm wishes for every success in his task.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece stresses that the new Government includes representatives of a political party (the LAOS party), members of which have expressed in the past propaganda against the Jews.
The Greek Jewry monitors closely the situation and is in alert for any relevant statements, while it expresses the belief that the Greek Prime Minister, as well as all the democratic forces of the country will not allow any violation of the Constitution, that provides for the equality of all citizens regardless of race or religion. In addition, the Greek Jewry believes that the new Government will continue the same policy against racism and anti-Semitism that have endorsed all the democratic governments in our country.
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FREIE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN PARTNERS WITH ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Monday, 17 October 2011 11:15
Freie Universität Berlin has signed a cooperation with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. The partnership enables Aristotle University of Thessaloniki to access the world's largest historical video archive, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive, an archive of nearly 52,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.
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THESSALONIKI HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DESECRATED Print E-mail
Monday, 20 June 2011 12:38
The Holocaust Memorial of Thessaloniki was vandalized on Friday 17 June 2011, with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans. Perpetrators smudged the bronze plaque with the inscription dedicated to the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki who perished during the Holocaust, and wrote “LIES” on it.
This hideous act coincides with the decision of the City Council of Thessaloniki to bestow the City’s highest decoration over the 30 Holocaust survivors still living Thessaloniki in a ceremony to be held today, Monday 20 June.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki issued press releases condemning this anti-Semitic attack and urging the authorities to take all necessary measures in order to apprehend the culprits.
The Minister of Education Anna Diamantopoulou, the City Council of Thessaloniki, as well as the local Mayor Giannis Boutaris, issued public statements condemning the vandalism. The Holocaust Monument was immediately cleaned.
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GREEK JEWRY TRIAL POSTPONED Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 12:02
The case against representatives of Greek Jewry that was set to be heard in court today has been adjourned until the 21st of February 2012. The trial was postponed because the defense attorney of one of the accused, the representative of Greek Helsinki Monitor Panagiote Dimitras, was unable to attend.
Official representatives of Greek Jewry, Moses Constantinis, former President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS Greece); Benjamin Albalas, President of the Jewish Community of Athens; Abraham Reitan, former General Secretary of KIS Greece; and Leon Gavriilides, former director of KIS Greece are charged with wrongful accusation and libellous defamation against K. Plevris, who filed suit against them.
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