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THE SPECIAL ENVOY ON COMBATTING ANTI-SEMITISM TO THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH
A meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew had the Special Envoy on Combatting Anti-Semitism, Dr. Efstathios Lianos Liantis, in view of the visit of the Primate of Orthodoxy to the Auschwitz concentration camp, in order to lead the March of the Living, on May 2nd, 2019.

The Ecumenical Patriarch blessed the mission of removing every anti-Semitic stereotype and highlighted the need for co-operation between the actors of Christianity and Judaism, which the Ecumenical Throne has been realizing throughout its ministry through interreligious dialogue and many other initiatives of joint action. 

He also stressed that he was willing to take coordinating action in the Christian world in order to eliminate the social pathogenesis of anti-Semitism and to preserve the commitment to fight any negative prejudice and persecution in the name of religion. 
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“Never Again’ March in Thessaloniki marked anniversary of first deportation to Auschwitz

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL, March 18, 2019, by Vassilis Kyriakoulis: Two thousand people held a silent march in Thessaloniki, marking the anniversary of the departure in 1943 of the first train taking members of its Jewish community to Auschwitz. Participants held white balloons bearing the message “Never Again.” They gathered at the city’s old railway station where that train pulled out on March 15, 1943. Among those present for the 76th anniversary commemoration was Jurgen Haus, grandson of a German soldier, who expressed his “deep regret” for the actions of his Nazi forebears. “I am here to break the silence… I love Israel, I cannot remain silent in the face of antisemitism,” he said in a speech. 

Holocaust survivors Heinz Kounio and Achileas Koukovinos were honoured during the commemorations. Thessaloniki had a population of more than 50,000 Jews before World War II, some 46,000 of whom were deported and killed in German Nazi death camps. 

Before the deportations started, the community in the city, which was composed mainly of Sephardic Jews chased out of Spain in 1492, had developed to the point where it earned the nickname the “Jerusalem of the Balkans.”

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE DEADLY ATTACKS AGAINST MOSQUES IN NEW ZEALAND

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses Greek Jewry’s deep concern and dismay for the deadly terrorist attacks with multiple casualties on two mosques in the city of Christchurch, in New Zealand. We strongly and unequivocally condemn this blatant act of cruel violence and we extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims.  

This time the innocent victims of terror were Muslim worshipers at the time of prayer. The escalation of the attacks and widespread fanaticism bring the international community in front of its responsibilities and prove that hatred has no limits, it comes from everywhere and affects everyone.     

The danger from the dissemination of extremist theories regarding racial supremacy is today greater than ever in the post-World War II era. Knowledge and education, focusing on the respect of human rights and the tolerance for diversity, must be the first priority goal for State and social institutions, as well as for religious communities in order to prevent mourning new victims as those of Christchurch and Pittsburgh.        

Athens, March 18, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE NEW GOVERNMENT Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 November 2011 14:26
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece congratulates Mr. Loucas Papademos on his appointment as Prime Minister and expresses warm wishes for every success in his task.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece stresses that the new Government includes representatives of a political party (the LAOS party), members of which have expressed in the past propaganda against the Jews.
The Greek Jewry monitors closely the situation and is in alert for any relevant statements, while it expresses the belief that the Greek Prime Minister, as well as all the democratic forces of the country will not allow any violation of the Constitution, that provides for the equality of all citizens regardless of race or religion. In addition, the Greek Jewry believes that the new Government will continue the same policy against racism and anti-Semitism that have endorsed all the democratic governments in our country.
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THESSALONIKI HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DESECRATED Print E-mail
Monday, 20 June 2011 12:38
The Holocaust Memorial of Thessaloniki was vandalized on Friday 17 June 2011, with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans. Perpetrators smudged the bronze plaque with the inscription dedicated to the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki who perished during the Holocaust, and wrote “LIES” on it.
This hideous act coincides with the decision of the City Council of Thessaloniki to bestow the City’s highest decoration over the 30 Holocaust survivors still living Thessaloniki in a ceremony to be held today, Monday 20 June.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki issued press releases condemning this anti-Semitic attack and urging the authorities to take all necessary measures in order to apprehend the culprits.
The Minister of Education Anna Diamantopoulou, the City Council of Thessaloniki, as well as the local Mayor Giannis Boutaris, issued public statements condemning the vandalism. The Holocaust Monument was immediately cleaned.
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GREEK JEWRY TRIAL POSTPONED Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 12:02
The case against representatives of Greek Jewry that was set to be heard in court today has been adjourned until the 21st of February 2012. The trial was postponed because the defense attorney of one of the accused, the representative of Greek Helsinki Monitor Panagiote Dimitras, was unable to attend.
Official representatives of Greek Jewry, Moses Constantinis, former President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS Greece); Benjamin Albalas, President of the Jewish Community of Athens; Abraham Reitan, former General Secretary of KIS Greece; and Leon Gavriilides, former director of KIS Greece are charged with wrongful accusation and libellous defamation against K. Plevris, who filed suit against them.
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FREIE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN PARTNERS WITH ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Monday, 17 October 2011 11:15
Freie Universität Berlin has signed a cooperation with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. The partnership enables Aristotle University of Thessaloniki to access the world's largest historical video archive, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s Visual History Archive, an archive of nearly 52,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.
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ANNOUNCEMENT Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 September 2011 11:36
EJC ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE UNILATERAL DECLARATION OF INDEPENDANCE OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AT THE UNITED NATIONS
 
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