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RUSSIA TO GIVE JEWISH HOLOCAUST ARCHIVES BACK TO GREECE Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 December 2021 08:30

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday December 8th, 2021 that Russia will hand over to Greece the Jewish Holocaust archives that were moved to Moscow after the end of World War II.

The announcement was made during a joint press conference with visiting PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Mitsotakis thanked Putin for the interest he showed in the archives of the Jewish communities which will eventually return to Greece after almost eight decades.

The largest part of the archives relates to the once-thriving Jewish community in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city.

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE FOR THE TERROR ATTACK IN JERUSALEM Print E-mail
Monday, 22 November 2021 11:00

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece unequivocally condemns the new terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City which caused the death of two Israelis and the injury of other two. Every terror attack against innocent citizens of Israel moves away the hope of peace and threatens every attempt of harmonious co-existance between Israelis and Palestinians in the region.  

We express our sorrow and we convey our condolences to the families of the victims and the people of Israel.  

Athens, November 22nd, 2021

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
PARTICIPATION OF MUNICIPALITIES & JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF GREECE IN THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE COMMEMORATION OF THE “NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS" 2021 Print E-mail
Friday, 12 November 2021 11:22
   
   
 
   

This year marks 83 years since the "Night of Broken Glass", a series of pogroms against the Jewish population launched by the Nazis on November 9th, 1938 in Germany and its annexed territories. On the occasion of this commemoration, the International March of the Living organized, for the second consecutive year, the #LetThereBeLight campaign which spreads a universal message against racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance.

The campaign included a central online event with testimonials from survivors, celebrities and music (see video HERE) as well as an open streaming platform on which thousands of people from around the world posted their personal messages. On the night of November 9, 2021, these messages were displayed on the walls of the old city of Jerusalem, creating a venerating and imposing atmosphere.

At the same time, prayer houses, Synagogues and public buildings around the world were illuminated and displayed their own promise that light would prevail, on their walls in a spectacular way. Greece’s dynamic presence to this year's campaign manifested itself in dozens of messages posted on the platform.

The message of the General Secretary of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), Mr. Victor Isaak Eliezer emphasizes that "Anti-Semitism must not be tolerated. Let the light of knowledge educate the next generations. Let the light of human rights guide our society. Our determination never to forget the tragic consequences of the Holocaust will be the light that will prevail over the darkness brought about by racism and bigotry" and of the EMOTL President, Mr. Benjamin Albalas, stating: “The “Night of Broken Glass” constitutes the beginning of the great destruction of Greek Jewry. States, governments and the whole world must understand that early symptoms always indicate a dangerous disease. The “Night of Broken Glass” was the early and serious symptoms of the Nazis’ mad ideology that led to the death of six million European Jews".

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INAUGURATION OF THE "DIVIDED MEMORIES 1940-1950. BETWEEN HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE" DIGITAL EXHIBITION IN COLOGNE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 November 2021 10:21

On Monday, November 15, 2021, the opening of the "Divided Memories 1940-1950. Between History and Experience" digital exhibition took place, which had originally been presented at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki between December 2016 and April 2017. The contributors of the exhibition are the Goethe-Institute of Thessaloniki, the MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art, the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki and the Documentation Centre for National Socialism of the City of Cologne.

During the inauguration of the digital version of the exhibition, Dr. Annemone Christians-Bernsee, the executive director of the Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne, greeted the guests, followed by greetings by the Mayors of Cologne Henriette Reker and of Thessaloniki, Konstantinos Zervas, the director of the Goethe Institute of Thessaloniki, Beate Köhler, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece & President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki David Saltiel and the Chairman of the BoD of the Metropolitan Organization of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki (MOMus), Andreas Takis.

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VISIT OF THE E.C. VICE PRESIDENT, MARGARITIS SCHINAS, TO THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE AND THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF GREECE - MEETING WITH THE LEADERS OF THE GREEK JEWRY Print E-mail
Friday, 05 November 2021 09:16

On November 3rd 2021, the Vice-President of the European Commission for the Promotion of the European Way of Life Mr. Margaritis Schinas had a meeting with members of the Presidium of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) at the offices of the Organization. Mr. Schinas was accompanied by the head of the E.C. delegation to Greece, Mrs. Niovi Rigou, and his assistant on policy issues, Mr. Elias Iordanidis. Starting his introductory remarks, Mr. Schinas emphasized the clear commitment of the European institutions, the Commission and himself personally, to the fight against anti-Semitism. The members of KIS Presidium, the President David Saltiel, the Vice-President Manos Alchanatis, the General Secretary Victor Eliezer and the General Treasurer Daniel Benardout, updated the E.C. Vice-President on crucial issues concerning the Greek Jewry.

The discussion focused mainly on anti-Semitism and on the security of sacred sites of Jewish interest in Europe in general, but also in Greece in particular, as well as on the programs launched by the E.U. - especially after the recent announcement of the E.U. Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life (2021-2030). It was pointed out that synagogues and Jewish cemeteries are often targets of anti-Semitic violence and Mr. Schinas reassured KIS that both he and the European Commission are determined to protect Jewish life in Europe.

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