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Friday, 31 March 2017 09:57

The Holocaust Monument in Kavala was brutally defaced on March 30, 2017, by vandals who shattered a large part of its marble façade. The attack was condemned by the Municipality of Kavala, government officials and political parties. More specifically the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its announcement pointed out: “…similar incidents of vandalism of historic monuments, racism and intolerance are unequivocally condemned by the Greek society…”, the Secretary General for Religious Affairs of the Education Ministry Mr. George Kalantzis stressed: “as many times they demolish them  -the Holocaust Memorials-, so many times we will have them rebuilt”, the main opposition Party New Democracy stated: «…hatred, bigotry and racism are unknown to the principles, the values and the culture of Greece…” and the SYRIZA Party -branch of Kavala- mentioned: “The vandalism of the monument for the 1.484 Jews of Kavala who perished at the concentration camps is an “effrontery monument” and reminds to the citizens of the town that fascism lies in wait”.  

Our Board issued the following announcement: 

Early in the morning today (Thursday, March 30, 2017), the Holocaust Monument of the Greek Jews of Kavala, who were deported and exterminated by the Nazis in the Nazi camp of Treblinka in Poland, was destroyed with the use of a heavy tool by unknown perpetrators. The municipality of Kavala has unveiled this Holocaust monument only on May 2015, restoring through this symbolic way the memory of the 1.484 Jews of the city.


The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the abhorrence of the Greek Jewry for this vandal attack against the Holocaust monument of Kavala, which occurs only a few days after the desecration of the Holocaust Monument of Arta. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes nevertheless the prompt reaction of the Mayor of Kavala, Ms. Dimitra Tsanaka, who has immediately condemned this sad incident, promising that «the Holocaust memorial will be immediately restored in order to be offered again to the town and to continue to symbolize unity among people, sending a strong message against racism and intolerance and reminding the black pages of the past that humanity must never again witness». 

 At the same time we express our deep concern: these acts of desecration show in an obvious way that anti-Semitism -an antisemitism almost without Jews-, racism, and intolerance survive and lurk everywhere in every moment. Every moral, political or other act of legitimation of the nostalgic pro-Nazis increases the risk of the revival of anti-Semitism and of the expansion of such incidents that threaten the values ​​of a modern and democratic society and darken the prestige of our country. Prosecutors should take all necessary measures to arrest the vandals responsible and bring them to justice.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece calls the local authorities, representatives of the society, and the citizens of Kavala to oppose strongly against such acts and practices which in the past led to the overthrow of Democracy and the prevalence of Nazism, and to protect the city's collective memory for a part of the population that was brutally exterminated in the Nazi concentration camp.

Athens, March 30, 2017

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece



- The Greek Reporter, 30.3.2017

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