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HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2019 – CRETE: PRESENTATION OF THE WORK OF STUDENTS FROM CRETE TITLED The History of the Jews of Heraklion
By Katerina Mylona, translated from newspaper PATRIS OF HERAKLION CRETE, 16.1.2019

The history of the Jews who lived in our city was the subject of the work that was carried out in the 2017-18 school year from Section B4 of the 6th General Lyceum of Heraklion within the framework of the "Project" course.

The work aimed at seeking the historical presence and course of the Jewish community in Heraklion until their complete extermination by the German Nazis in 1944.

The supervising professor, computer scientist with Msc in Theology, Mr. George Chatzizisis, told "PATRIS" that the children participated with particular interest in the search for information and enjoyed the role of the historical researcher.

He proposed to students to work for a population group that no longer exists in our city because of population or war exchanges such as Muslims and Catholics. The pupils even mourned when they learned.

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TRIKALA. A Greek Town Commemorates its Holocaust History

 By Margarita Gokun Silver*, TABLET, January 10, 2019

‘We keep our memories alive,’ said the mayor of Trikala, where a new memorial was recently unveiled

On the morning of Nov. 11, 2018, a crowd of almost 200 people gathered in the center of Trikala, a Greek city located some 300 kilometers north of Athens. Conversing mainly in Greek, but also in Hebrew, English, Italian, and German, they were waiting at one of the main entrances to the old Jewish quarter to participate in the unveiling of Trikala’s Holocaust Memorial. Erected to commemorate the city’s 139 Jewish victims, the memorial is a joint initiative of the Trikala government and the city’s Jewish community.

“It was an obligation to our citizens, to the Jewish Community, to the memory,” Dimitris Papastergiou, the mayor of Trikala, told me via email. The idea first surfaced in his conversation with Victor Venouziou, a native of Larissa who was raised as part of Trikala’s Jewish community and survived the Holocaust because the villagers of Amarantos—50 kilometers away, it was called Mastroyianni in the 1940s—hid him and his family. Last year Venouziou financed a monument in Amarantos to thank them. “Within five minutes we agreed that the city and the Municipality of Trikala also had to erect their own monument,” Papastergiou said.

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THIS GREEK SCHOOL HAS A NOVEL SOLUTION TO PROBLEM FACED BY MANY SMALL JEWISH COMMUNITIES

JTA, 7.1.2019: AthensIn a small, nondescript classroom in Greece’s capital city, 10 Jewish eighth-graders study a biblical text about Jacob and Esau under the guidance of Rivkah Carl, a Jewish teacher from Teaneck, New Jersey.

The students chatter loudly in Greek among themselves, though the language of instruction is English. In an adjacent classroom, nine kids — each wearing headphones and sitting in front of computer monitors — listen as their Israeli instructor teaches them Hebrew.

But this is no Jewish school. In Athens’ dwindling Jewish community, now at about 3,000 members, there simply aren’t enough children to support a Jewish middle or high school.

So community leaders came up with a unique solution: a special Jewish track at the prestigious American College of Greece, a private school founded by Christian missionaries in 1875 with a middle school and high school division called the Pierce School.

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EUJS FB CALL FOR ASSISTANCE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE FIRES Print E-mail
Friday, 27 July 2018 08:28
The European Union of Jewish Students fondly remembers Greece and was immediately mobilized to help the victims of the fires that devasted Attica on July 24, 2018. EUJS posted the following call for donations on Facebook:
 
Last year, Greece welcomed the European Union of Jewish Students and Summer U with open arms. We met the local Jewish community, we enjoyed Greece’s beautiful islands, as well as its hospitality.

As our thoughts are with all those affected by the terrible fires taking over the country, it is our turn to show our solidarity!

You can help by making a donation through the Greek government:
Eidikos Logariasmos Pyroplikton ths 23hs kai 24hs Iouliou 2018, Bank of Greece
BIC/ SWIFT: BNGRGRAA

IBAN: GR 4601000230000002341195169
 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE DEADLY FIRES IN ATTICA Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 July 2018 14:09
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece joins the national mourning for the fires that burnt to the ground the areas of Marathon and Rafina in the region of Attica and expresses the deepest grief and the all hearted solidarity of the Greek Jewry to the relatives of the victims and to the wounded.

We hope that this unspeakable tragedy that left behind so many losses and uncountable damages, comes to an end and that the suffering people are healthy and strong to cope with this devastating disaster.

The European Jewish Congress (EJC) in its announcement of July 25, 2018,  stated: “The European Jewish Congress stands in solidarity with Greece following the devastating wildfires that have raged across the Attica region and have tragically taken the lives of more than 70 people. On behalf of 42 national Jewish communities in Europe, we mourn this tragic loss of life and extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Greek people and we send our encouragement to those bravely engaged in search and rescue efforts”.

The CEO of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), David Harris, through a twitter post, stated: “AJC is supporting the relief efforts to help Greece. I urge others to do the same. So many lives have been lost due to fires. So many families are suffering. So many homes have been destroyed. Let’s do what we can to assist our Greek friends”.

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JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI PRESS RELEASE FOR THE DONATION FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE FIRE IN ATHENS Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 July 2018 12:41
Considering the tragedy that our country is experiencing and the difficulties faced by the inhabitants of the areas of Attica affected by the fires, which thus far cost the lives of 81 people, among whom many young children, the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki donated €10,000 to the special bank account created by the Greek Government for the relief of the needs of the fire victims and the reconstruction of the devastated areas.

Thessaloniki, July 26th, 2018
JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI
 
WJC's LETTER OF CONDOLENCES for THE VICTIMS OF THE FIRES TO GREECE Print E-mail
Friday, 27 July 2018 13:41
The President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) Amb. Ronald Lauder and WJC’s CEO Mr. Robert Singer sent to the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopiοs Pavlopoulos and to the Prime Minister of Greece Mr. Alexis Tsipras the following letter of condolences for the victims of the fires that devastated Attica on July 24th, 2018:  

“On behalf of the World Jewish Congress and our more than 100 affiliated communities worldwide, we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the Greek people following the tragic loss of life due to the ongoing wildfires.

Your nation has demonstrated incredible and admirable resilience in the face of this unthinkable calamity.

We stand in solidarity with the people of Greece as you confront this crisis, and we pray for the fires to end speedily with no further loss of life or injury”.   

 
PRESS RELEASE ON THE DESECRATION OF THE JEWISH MONUMENT IN THE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 10:52
 “You're stepping on sacred ground.
You're stepping on what is left of the largest necropolis of the East.
You're stepping on the place where the Jews of Thessaloniki were buried for centuries.
Strong spirits and kind souls of the most vibrant community of the Mediterranean, found here their final resting place.
Their graves stretched up high on the hills.
Until 1943 when the forces of evil crushed all human substance; but people were not enough. They wanted to eradicate the memory too.
And as they were sending the living to their death, they were shattering the tombs of the dead and scattering their bones.
Those buried here died for a second time”.
[Excerpt from the inscription on the Monument]

Yesterday, July 10, 2018, vandals desecrated with paint the Jewish Monument in the campus of the Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki, in the Observatory Park. They are disturbed even by the above words inscribed next to the remnants of the tombstones that survived the rage of the Nazis and their local collaborators. They have no moral scruples. They respect neither the living nor the dead.

The University was built upon the shattered tombs and the scattered bones of our forefathers of Thessaloniki, while the Jews of Thessaloniki where confined into ghettos pending deportation. It took 72 years for the city to assume responsibility and pay tribute to the memory of the Jewish necropolis with the erection of this monument in 2014. Today, the memory of the Jews of Thessaloniki, along with the history and the culture of the city, are struck once more, by the preachers of hatred.

There remain no other words to describe the sorrow of the Greek Jews: Shame – Shame – Shame.

Athens July 11, 2018
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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