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KIS MESSAGE FOR YOM HAZIKARON & YOM HAATSMAOUT

From grief to joy, from memory to life, from loss to creation. This is the meaning of the sequence of Yom Hazikaron –the memorial day for the soldiers fallen in defense of Israel and the victims of terror- being superseded by Yom Haatsmaout, Israel’s Independence Day. Both anniversaries include in their very core the history of the creation of the modern State of Israel.

Today, the victims, those who heroically fell in the battlefield fighting for the independence of the Jewish home on the land of Israel, as well as for the safety of the citizens of the State of Israel, are commemorated. More than 50% of the soldiers who fought in the war of Independence of 1948 were Holocaust survivors, who had settled in the British Mandate Palestine in the aftermath of WWII seeking hope.

Tomorrow we celebrate Israel’s 73rd birthday. Israel, one of the youngest states in the world, has remarkably succeeded in incorporating ancient history, tradition, multicultural origins, pioneering thinking, technology, innovation and progress. A country that in its brief modern history offered its unreserved support on any occasion of natural disaster in any part of the world. The birth and the evolution of Israel have been rightfully described as “miracles”.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Greek Jewry as a whole wish to the people and the State of Israel peace and prosperity and hope that its citizens will continue achieving modern-day miracles for the benefit of all humanity.

Athens, April  13, 2021

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
GREECE TAKES OVER IHRA PRESIDENCY FROM GERMANY
Today, 1 April, the IHRA Presidency will be handed over from Germany to Greece. This means that the outgoing Chair, Ambassador Michaela Küchler, will take on a supportive role as a member of the Troika, which comprises last year’s, this year’s and next year’s IHRA Chairs. (Watch HERE the remarks of Ambassador Kuchler regarding the German Presidency of IHRA)

Normally, handovers are marked by ceremonies hosted at an embassy in the incoming Presidency’s country. However, this year, in keeping with the digital spirit of the past year and in lieu of an in-person ceremony, the outgoing and incoming Chairs prepared Handover Videos. These provide great insight into the promising plans for the future and the fruitful efforts of the past.

Ambassador Michaela Küchler outlined the challenges and successes of this unprecedented year. “Being able to work together across time zones, from Winnipeg to Berlin to Melbourne, required more than just a working microphone and a stable internet connection,” she said. “It required all of us to want to get something done. And we did.” 

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MESSAGE OF KIS PRESIDENT DAVID SALTIEL FOR THE HANDOVER OF THE IHRA PRESIDENCY TO GREECE

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece is very pleased to welcome the handover of the Presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) to Greece.

Our country, member of IHRA since 2005, has a long term active role in initiatives for the preservation of the historic memory of the Shoah. The choice of the central theme “Teaching and Learning about the Holocaust: Education for a world with no more genocide” for Greece’s Presidency, demonstrates the importance attributed by Greece to Education and we are certain that the year inaugurated today will be filled with programs of core importance aiming at combating racism and anti-Semitism and establishing the respect of human rights in the conscience of the generations that will create the world of the future.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece always was and will continue to be a succor in IHRA’s important task, developing and reinforcing the constructive collaboration with its Head and the Greek Delegation of IHRA.

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WE TALKED WITH THE GRANDSON OF HAIM PARDO ABOUT HIS FAMILY AND “THE JEWISH HERITAGE: PAST AND PRESENT” DIGITAL TOUR Print E-mail
Monday, 08 March 2021 13:59
by MARIA AIVALIOTI

We talked with Victor Asser, the grandson of Haim and Evgenia Pardo, two survivors of the Holocaust in Thessaloniki about history in the past and present. He told us about the story of his family and the Clio Muse digital tour “The Jewish heritage: past and present.”

Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

My name is Victor Asser and I am the 5th out of 8th grandchildren of Haim Pardo. I am born and raised in Athens by two parents that survived the Holocaust.

Which were your thoughts when you saw the story of your family narrated in the digital tour “The Jewish heritage: past and present”?

I was moved. Every journey back to my family’s past fills me with emotions of joy and nostalgia as well as it makes me think how important it is to have roots and wings for the present and the future.

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TWEET OF DAVID HARRIS FOR GREECE – TURKEY RELATIONS Print E-mail
Monday, 08 March 2021 12:45

AJC CEO David Harris made the following tweet about the relations between Greece and Turkey:  

"I stand w/ #Greece , as I have for past 30 yrs.

I cherish Greece as the wellspring for so much of our democratic tradition, philosophy & culture.

I value Greece’s ties w/ EU, US, NATO & Israel.

Greece faces repeated, unprovoked threats from Turkey.

I know where I stand".

 
MESSAGE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GREEK DELEGATION TO IHRA FOR HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2021 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 07:59
Video message of Dr Efstathios C. Lianos Liantis, Chairman of the Greek Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) & Special Envoy on Combating Antisemitism and Preserving Holocaust Remembrance / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Watch the video here.

 
Message from the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Mrs. Niki Kerameus, for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, 27/1/2021 Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2021 10:12
“Ten transports arrived daily. There were not enough workers to carry the luggage, so it was piled in mountainous heaps and remained there at the station for days.

An extra shift of Sonderkommandos was added. Still it was not enough. At least 400 Greeks from Corfu and Athens transport were ordered in the Sonderkommando. Now, something truly unusual happened. These 400 demonstrated that in spite of the barbed wire and the lash, they were not slaves but human beings. With rare dignity, the Greeks refused to kill the Hungarians! They declared that they preferred to die themselves first. The Germans saw to that. But what a demonstration of courage and character these Greek peasants had given. A pity the world does not know more about them!”

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON A CARTOON TRIVIALIZING HOLOCAUST Print E-mail
Monday, 18 January 2021 13:38
The gate of Auschwitz: Only 76 years ago, on January 27, 1945, soviet soldiers saw the living skeletons and smelled the burned flesh. The sky was dark due to the smoke coming out of the crematoria. The inhumanity was revealed before humanity. And this was only the beginning of a series of revelations on the Shoah, the Holocaust of 6 million Jews by the Nazis and the extermination of hundreds of thousands of others who were “different”. The notorious sign “Arbeit macht Frei”, which was meant to deceive not only the victims but the whole world as well, is the symbol of the most hideous crime against humanity. Its trivialization and minimization means the legitimization of oblivion and Holocaust denial.

The new cartoon published in “Efimerida ton Syntakton” on January 16, 2021, combines the Nazi sign with the cartoonist’s confection “Studies make you free”, thus equalizing the gate of Auschwitz with the gates of the universities and the prisoners in this horrific extermination camp with the students. It is a hideous and vulgar instrumentalization of the Holocaust for political purposes.

In any case, the newspaper’s expressed respect towards the victims of the Holocaust and its firm position against antisemitism cannot be used as excuses for the publication of such cartoons that insult both the memory of the victims and the survivors alike, by trivializing the place of their martyrdom.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, the Greek Jews, those of us who passed through the gate of Auschwitz, survived and are still alive, as well as the descendants of the victims, we will never stop denouncing every attempt to diminish and exploit the Holocaust which leads to oblivion and the distortion of history.

Athens, January 18, 2021
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE
 
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