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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ATTACK AGAINST THE GREEK ORTHODOX PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM IN BETHLEHEM

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece unreservedly condemns the attack against the Patriarch of Jerusalem in Bethlehem upon his arrival in the city for the Feast of Epiphany.

We express the abhorrence of Greek Jewry for the violence that has occurred and we feel it’s necessary to stress once that fanaticism, violence and intimidation cannot in any way be accepted or acceptable methods for supporting a position.

Athens, January 9th, 2018
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
SIGNING OF THE PRESIDENTIAL DECREE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM OF GREECE

The President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Mr. David Saltiel, expresses his deep satisfaction with the success of the efforts made by the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, and the friendly and fruitful  cooperation with the President and CEO of Gaiaose SA Mr Athanassios Schizas and the Mayor of Thessaloniki Mr Yannis Boutaris, for the construction of the Holocaust Museum of Greece in the place of the Old Railway Station of Thessaloniki.

The Presidential Decree that has been signed on 29 December 2017 and published in the Official Government Gazette (issue no 293) paves the way for the realization of this important project. The Museum that will be constructed in the city of Thessaloniki, whose 50,000 citizens were exterminated in the Nazi camps, will serve as a continuous reminder of the consequences of the prevalence of racism and intolerance, as a memorial of the Holocaust, as a place of defense and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms of humankind and as a place of peaceful coexistence for all people.

 JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE STATEMENTS OF RABBI MORDECHAI FRIZIS

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece denounces the unacceptable and provocative statements made by Rabbi Mordechai Frizis who lives in Israel and has no relation with the Greek Jewry and the Jewish Communities of Greece. These extreme views, that are inconsistent with the values ​​of the Jewish religion, were one of the reasons why the Rabbi Mordechai Frizis could not remain as Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki .

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece considers that these voices of fanaticism and intolerance undermine the peaceful coexistence between people of different religions.

 Athens January 2nd, 2018

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
PRESS RELEASE OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF LARISSA FOR THE VANDALIZATION OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:56

In the afternoon of  Monday July 17, 2017, in Larisa, Greece, the so-called Father Cleomenis with his clerical clothing, well-known from the social media for his racist mania, has defiled the Holocaust Monument of the town.

With vulgar insults, kicking and throwing eggs and flyers of anti-Semitic content at the Holocaust Monument of the town of Larisa, “Father Cleomenis” denied the Holocaust and invited all the self-called “patriotic” organizations of Larissa to stand up in order to destroy the Memorial and the “Jewishness” of the city of Larissa. The incident has been filmed by his associates and has been already uploaded to Youtube.

The Jewish Community of Larissa expresses its abhorrence for this violent incident that just took place in a town whose citizens and local authorities show respect and honor to this Monunent; in a town that has never experienced similar incidents in the past. Our Community expresses its satisfaction for the immediate mobilization of the Police Authorities.

We feel confident that in the town of Larissa, fanaticism, intolerance, racist discourse or any other similar phenomenon will be isolated and will be fought at its birth.

Athens, July 18, 2017
JEWISH COMMUNITY OF LARISSA

 
GREEK ARTIST COMPARES ECONOMIC CRISIS TO THE HOLOCAUST Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 11:48

Singer Jimmy Panoussis, in an interview published in “To Vima” on June 25, 2017 (on the occasion of his participation in the theatrical comedy of Aristophanes “Peace”), referred to the “Greeks as the new Jews of our times”. Panoussis said: “As the Nazis chose Jews to be their victims, now the neo-nazis and Schäuble’s people have picked us, the Greeks”. This comparison of the current Greek economic crisis to the Holocaust was criticized Greek Jewish leaders. In an article by Victor Eliezer (EJP, July 4, 2017), the President of the Athens Jewish Community Minos Moissis stressed that Panoussis’ statement “affects me both as a Jew and as a Greek. As a Jew, because once again the mass murder of the Holocaust is wiped out when it is compared to unrelated modern themes. As a Greek because he isolates me as a supposedly victim and target of a Europe in which I want to live”. 
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MONUMENT IN AMARANTOS (KARDITSA) IN RECOGNITION OF WARTIME RESCUE OF GREEK JEWS Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 07:35

The Greek Reporter, June 19, 2017, by Kerry Kolasa – Sikiaridi: Greek-Jews thanked the residents of the village of Amarantos in Karditsa on Sunday who protected them or their relatives from the Nazis during World War II, during the unveiling of a monument of “eternal gratitude and recognition” to commemorate the event.

“Those residents who are still living and those of you who have passed, have a special place in our hearts, of eternal gratitude. I see around me my family, children, grandchildren, relatives and on behalf of all, I have to thank you with all my heart because we exist thanks to you,” the president of the Jewish Community of Karditsa, Maki Kapeta, told the 500 attendees.

The residents of Amarantos, called Mastroyianni in the ’40s, offered a safe haven and hospitality to the 62 Greek-Jews of Karditsa and another 20 from Thessaloniki, Volos and Trikala from the autumn of 1943 until the summer of 1944, sharing their scarce food supplies they had in their homes.

Victor Venouziou, a retired civil engineer from Karditsa who lives in Thessaloniki, and a life-long honorary member of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, is one of the ten living survivors who were hidden by locals in a house in Amarantos and the one who paid for the creation of the monument. He thanked the residents of Amarantos and the municipality of Karditsa. “I would like to say it loud, a big ‘well done’ to the Mastroyiannites [and] to the organizations EAM-ELAS a ‘thank you’; they were the ones who saved us. The support of EAM was crucial,” he said.

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OLD JEWISH TOMBSTONES FIND NEW LIFE IN THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Friday, 07 July 2017 09:05

By Zack Bodner*,

I recently saw one of the most unnerving things I’ve ever seen in my life.

The largest cemetery in Europe — with more than 350,000 graves — was the Jewish cemetery in Thessaloniki, Greece, the epicenter of the Greek Jewish community and the preeminent location of Sephardic life after the Inquisition. The cemetery was destroyed by the Greeks after the Nazis invaded in 1942 and the marble tombstones were then used to pave sidewalks, build walls, homes, buildings and even swimming pools. So much marble flooded the market that the cost of marble went down to almost nothing.

I was in Thessaloniki recently, traveling through Greece with 16 relatives on my wife’s side to investigate her family roots; my father-in-law’s parents were born in the city.

Eight adults and eight kids spent more than two weeks touring the country and learning the history of the Greek Jews. In our investigation into the family roots, we learned that a tombstone of a member of the Alcheck family might be built into a wall in a particular neighborhood. So we drove there — the Thessaloniki suburb of Panorama, an upscale neighborhood with beautiful three-story villas.

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THE GREEK JEWS WELCOME ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER AT THE MONASTIRIOTES SYNAGOGUE IN THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 09:37

On June 15, 2017 the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki welcomed the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara in the Monastiriotes Synagogue.

«This is very moving to be here in this architectural gem, but more than being a beautiful building, it’s evocative of the great history and the great tragedy that befell the Jews of Greece», said the Israeli Prime Minister upon his arrival, after the choir of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki concluded singing “Yerushalayim shel zahav".

David Saltiel, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, welcoming the Israeli Prime Minister, referred to the long history of Jews in Greece, the importance of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, its almost complete annihilation during the Holocaust as well as to the efforts made by the very few survivors to revive the Community from its ashes and make it once again a living and thriving part of the city of Thessaloniki.

He also noted that the Prime Minister’s visit to Greece is of great importance to the Community and comes at an important point in time concerning the Greek – Israeli  relations. Today, after the Holocaust, all eight Jewish communities remaining in Greece, as well as the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, are trying hard to remain highly active organizations. Finally, he underlined the initiative of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki for the creation of the Holocaust Museum of Greece, which will become a world-class monument against racism, changing the horizon of the western entrance to the city and the map of the Holocaust monuments and museums of Europe.

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