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US STATE SECRETARY POMPEO VISITS THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF THESSALONIKI
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during his visit to Greece, along with his wife Susan and members of his delegation to Greece paid a visit to the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki on Monday September 28, 2020, accompanied by US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt and US General Consul in Thessaloniki Elizabeth Lee. The museum was closed to the public for the Yom Kippur holiday.

Pompeo was received by the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) and of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki David Saltiel, and was given a tour of the premises.

KIS President David Saltiel, in his statement of September 29, 2020, stressed the highlights of his meeting with the US Secretary of State: “I am deeply honoured that US Secretary Pompeo, amid a highly important agenda in Greece, and his wife Susan, paid tribute to the Jewish Holocaust victims, in the solemn spirit of Yom Kippur, during their visit at the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki. Mike Pompeo’s interest in the Greek Jewish heritage at large, and in the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki that lost the 96% of its population in particular, gives us strength to continue our work. We are grateful for the expression of his support for the Holocaust Museum project and his motivational message for the speedy completion of this project”.

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GREEK PRESIDENT SAKELLAROPOULOU READS LAST LETTERS OF HOLOCAUST VICTIMS ALOUD AT CULTURAL FESTIVAL
“Do not forget me…” Neama Cazes wrote on 8 April 1943 from the ghetto of German Nazi-occupied Greek city of Thessaloniki to her children, Maurice and Berto, who had escaped to Italian-occupied Athens. 

These words are also the title of the book by Leon Saltiel, a historian of the Holocaust in Greece who currently serves as the Representative to the UN in Geneva and UNESCO of the World Jewish Congress, and its Coordinator on Combating Antisemitism. In his book, Saltiel published some 50 letters sent by three Jewish mothers from within the ghetto of Thessaloniki to their sons, who were hiding in Athens during the Second World War, some weeks or days before their deportation and subsequent death in Auschwitz.  

Greek Republic President Katerina Sakellaropoulou - the first woman to occupy this post- will read three letters written by Cazes in contribution to this year’s autumn Dimitria festival, the leading cultural institution of Thessaloniki. The festival began online on 28 September. The reading of the letters will be hosted by the city of Thessaloniki with the support of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and the German Consulate.  

The letters were written shortly before and during the deportations of the Jews of Thessaloniki and describe the climate of uncertainty, panic and anxiety that existed not only to Neama herself but to the Jewish community of Thessaloniki as well, shortly before the first train left Thessaloniki carrying 2,400 people to Auschwitz-Birkenau on 15 March 1943. The theme of this year’s festival is “distances,” both literally and figuratively, as the conference was forced to be virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic. Artists and other notable participants from Greece and abroad will present new artistic trends and highlighting the historic and cultural heritage of Thessaloniki during the festival.  

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CERVANTES INSTITUTE AND JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI SIGN AGREEMENT TO PROMOTE SEPHARDIC HERITAGE
The Cervantes Institute and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki signed an agreement on Tuesday allowing the institute to establish a branch in the Greek city, as part of the institute's efforts to promote and recognize the Sephardic community’s Spanish roots and revitalize the community’s historical use of Judeo-Spanish or Ladino.  

In attendance at the special signing ceremony was President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and WJC Vice President David Saltiel, Cervantes Institute Athens Director Cristina Conde de Beroldinge, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha González Laya, Spanish Ambassador to Greece Enrique Viguera, and Ambassador of Greece to Spain Ioannis Tzovas-Mourouzis, among others.    

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE US CONGRESS EAST MED PARTNERSHIP ACT AND THE COOPERATION AMONG GREECE, CYPRUS AND ISRAEL Print E-mail
Friday, 20 December 2019 14:18
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the US Congress decision to approve the East Med Partnership Act which reinforces even further the cooperation among Greece, Cyprus and Israel and at the same time consolidates stability in the region of the Southeastern Mediterranean. The East Med will not simply be a pipeline to transport natural gas that will boost the prosperity of the people in the region, it will be a bridge of peace between the Middle East and Europe.

In this spirit, this decision of the US Congress is a determining contribution to the forging of historic bonds of friendship amongst the peoples of Greece, Cyprus and Israel.

Athens, December 20, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE BURNING OF THE ISRAELI FLAG DURING A BASKETBALL GAME IN ATHENS Print E-mail
Friday, 20 December 2019 09:16
The burning of the Israeli flag, which occurred in Athens within the context of a basketball game between a Greek and an Israeli team, is a condemnable action.

The burning of any flag at the same time puts in violent dispute the right of any people to exist in its homeland.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the repugnance of the Greek Jewry for this hideous act along with its belief that such attitudes are condemned by the Greek people as a whole, whether in or out of the sports stadiums.

Athens, December 19, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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GREECE ADOPTS THE DEFINITIONS OF IHRA FOR ANTI-SEMITISM AND HOLOCAUST DENIAL – ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER Print E-mail
Monday, 11 November 2019 08:17
On the eve of the Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht) anniversary, one of the most tragic moments in Jewish history, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Mr. David Saltiel and members of the Board, as well as with the Head of the Greek Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), Dr. Efstathios C.  Lianos Liantis, in order to announce the adoption by Greece of the IHRA Working Definitions on anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial.

The Definition of anti-Semitism has been adopted by many countries members and non-members of the European Union as well by the European Parliament, which has called its member-states to incorporate it into their national legislations, through its relevant directive.  However, with today’s announcement Greece becomes the first country to adopt the Working Definition of Holocaust Denial and Distortion, in an act of great historical importance.

The Prime Minister was briefed on the preparation of the 2021 Greek Chairmanship of the IHRA, an event that will bring the country at the forefront among States that fight anti-Semitism and have a decisive say in the preparation and implementation of legislative and educational initiatives to combat it.

The Greek IHRA Chairmanship, which coincides with the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution, will promote a network of academic, educational and cultural activities focusing on the role of education and social media in preserving Holocaust Remembrance, as well on promoting the two-thousand-year-old history of Greek Jews. The Prime Minister assigned the oversight of this project as well as the coordination and supervision of the integration of the Definitions into domestic legislation and education to the Vice-President of the Government, Mr. Panagiotis Pikrammenos, who participated in today's meeting.
Source: www.primeminister.gr, 8.11.2019

Relevant:
KIS Announcement, 9.11.2019
EJP, 10.11.2019
AJC, 8.11.2019: AJC praises Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis for endorsing international antisemitism definition


 
KIS STATEMENT FOR KRISTALLNACHT AND GREEK PM’s ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ADOPITION OF IHRA’S DEFINITION OF ANTISEMITISM Print E-mail
Monday, 11 November 2019 07:57
Tonight, November 9, 2019, we remember that sad night of November 9, 1938 when in Adolf Hitler's Germany became the first mass pogrom against Jews.

That night, people didn't hear the crystal sounds. The world was indifferent. It was related only to the Jews!  But the "Kristallnacht" was the beginning of the atrocities of Nazism that caused the industrialized death of 6,000,000 Jews and millions of other victims of racism and intolerance.

Despite the total disaster, the world has not been taught that Anti-Semitism can be launched against the Jews, but it does not stop to the Jews. It threatens the very life and existence of every human being and attempts to enforce inhumanity, violating any humanitarian value.

We therefore welcome the announcement by the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, that Greece adopts the definitions of Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial as voted on by the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) and their integration into legislation and education. Today, on the 81st anniversary of the "Kristallnacht”, Greece sent a powerful message: that our country stands against anti-Semitism, fanaticism and xenophobia.

Athens, November 9, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece


Relevant:

AJC, 8.11.2019: AJC praises Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis for endorsing international antisemitism definition

 
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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