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GREEK JEWRY
AUTHOR, SPEAKER, HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR ROSINA PARDO DIES AT 87 Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 May 2020 07:16
Rosina Pardo, who was an author, speaker and a Greek Holocaust survivor, has died in Athens at age 87.

The Jewish Community of Thessaloniki announced her death on Monday.

Pardo’s story was told in her best-selling book from 2005, “548 Days With Another Name,” detailing her hiding from the Nazis during World War II, while living under an assumed name.

Pardo lived with her parents and two sisters in Thessaloniki at the outbreak of World War II.

Like other Jews whose ancestors had lived in the ancient city for hundreds of years, her family was confined to a ghetto in Thessaloniki after the Germans occupied the city on April 9, 1941.

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PESSACH – THE PASSING OVER Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 12:40
From desperation to hope

From slavery to freedom

Every year the Jews around the world read the Haggadah, the story of Pessach, we come together, we narrate, we sing, we wonder “Ma nistana Alaila aje”, that is "Why is this night different from all other nights?"

This is the night that God chose to lead the Jewish people to freedom.

This year, this night has an additional meaning: Our thoughts are with our fellow citizens who are sick and we pray so that God helps them “pass over” from the loneliness of pain to the joy of life.

We wish to the doctors and the sanitary personnel to be strong and healthy and resilient because they are the ones who guide us to “pass over” from the desperation of death to the hope of health.

Αll of us have to protect public health, in order to safeguard our “freedom”, this ultimate good passed down to mankind with the «Exodus» of the Jewish people from slavery…

This Pessach, we will celebrate even though we will not sit around the same table, yet, our wishes will be united and even more heartfelt, they will be wishes for health and good life.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece wishes you

HAG PESSACH SHAMEACH
 
THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF ARTA, GREECE: FABLES, MEMORIES AND THE HOLOCAUST Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 10:52
by ELIAS MESSINAS

«The Jewish history of Greece dates back to antiquity. Cities like Salonika (Thessaloniki), Veroia and Corinth, were among the cities visited by St. Paul the Apostle, during the first century BCE. St. Paul prayed and preached in their synagogues. Today, most people associate the history of Romaniote Jewry – the Jews that lived in Greece since antiquity, long before the arrival of the Sephardim after the 15th century – with Ioannina, a fortress city in western Greece. But in fact, the Romaniote story most probably started earlier, further to the south, in the city of Arta.

Ancient Arta, called Ambracia, was established in 625 BCE. It is famous for the medieval bridge over the Arachthos River, which was reconstructed by King Pyros I, circa the third century BCE, and completed in its present form in the early 1600s. Arta, a city of fables, has a story for every important site. For example, the legend for the bridge wants the architect who built it having to sacrifice his wife in order to stabilize this magnificent and ambitious stone-built structure with arches, giving it mythical proportions. But it is not the only one.

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