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Friday, 15 May 2015 14:56
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its repudiation for the shameful decision taken by the majority of the City Council of Kavala to cancel the ceremony scheduled for Sunday May 17, for the unveiling of the Holocaust Monument dedicated to the 1.484 exterminated Jews of Kavala.

In a telephone communication with the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece just yesterday (May 14, 2015), the Mayor expressed her objection with regard to the religious symbol of the Star of David (Magen David) engraved on the Monument, and asked for the removal of the symbol in order not to cancel the inauguration event. 

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Greek Jewry at large explicitly reject this demand as unacceptable, unethical and insulting and consider the Mayor’s decision a clear attack against the religious feeling of the Greek Jews, citizens of this country, as well as a brutal insult to the holy memory of the victims of the Holocaust, manifested for the first time in the post-War history of our country and of Europe alike. With the Star of David on their clothes, the Jews of Kavala, as well as those of the other Greek cities, and the six million Jews of Europe were selected, deported and exterminated in Treblinka, in Auschwitz and in the other Nazi death camps.

70 years since the 1.484 Jews of Kavala were deported and murdered wearing the Star of David, some people in the city of Kavala attempt to distort history by erasing the symbol that kept Jews alive for 5.700 years: The Star of David.
Therefore we do not accept the erasure or the modification of the Star of David from the façade of the Monument.

We are sure that the citizens of Kavala, our fellow citizens, the Government and all the democratic forces, together with enlightened religious leaders of our country, will soon pay due tribute to the 1.485 Greek Jews of the city, victims of the Nazi atrocity and will isolate all followers of bigotry and anti-Semitism.

Athens, May 15, 2015
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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