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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE WORKING DEFINTION OF ANTISEMITISM BY THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the announcement of the Minister of Education Kostas Gavroglou for the adoption of the working definition of anti-Semitism by the General Secretariat for Religious Affairs of the Ministry of Education.

The Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, during his speech at the ceremony for the presentation of the Yad Vashem awards which was held on 11.2.2019 in Athens, announced that in the context of covering the needs for planning and implementing actions and initiatives on combating anti-Semitism, the General Secretariat for Religious Affairs has adopted the working definition of anti-Semitism as it was set out at the Plenary meeting of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) on May 26, 2016 with the active participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic.

It is to be recalled that by Resolution B8-0383/2017 on combating anti-Semitism (2017/2692 (RSP)), the European Parliament, inter alia, “[…] calls on the Member States and the Union institutions and agencies to adopt and apply the working definition of anti-Semitism employed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)”.

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CEREMONY TO BESTOW THE TITLE OF “RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS” AND ADOPTION OF THE WORKING DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM

The Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, Konstantinos Gavroglu and the Secretary General for Religious Affairs, George Kalantzis, participated in the ceremony bestowing the title of “Righteous Among the Nations” on the family of Constantine Giannitsis who rescued the family of Asher Moissis during the Occupation in Greece. The event was organized by the students of the Athens College and took place at its premises.

The Minister of Education, Research and Religious Affairs highlighted the fact that the Ministry of Education in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel has changed the approach on such events by giving to secondary school students the responsibility to organize them. The Music School of Alimos organized such an event for the first time and then the 2nd Middle School of Elefsina followed by the 1st High School of Chania. In that way, events about true stories of special people who have risked their own lives and those of their families in order to rescue our fellow citizens of Jewish faith during the dark period of the Occupation have become part of the education process teaching sublime values of our civilization. As Minister Gavroglu pointed out, “there is a need to strengthen acts and ideas safeguarding democracy against the poison of fascism and of racism which have appeared again throughout Europe”.

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SPEECH OF THE SPECIAL SECRETARY FOR RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL DIPLOMACY AND HEAD OF THE GREEK DELEGATION TO THE IHRA, DR EFSTATHIOS LIANOS LIANTIS, AT THE CONFERENCE ON COMBATING ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE OSCE REGION (BRATISLAVA, 5-6 FEBRUARY 2019)

“Those of us who have been involved in studying the phenomenon of anti-Semitism, we witness that not only does such social virus keep spreading and contaminating more and more people regardless of social status and age group, but is unfailingly transmuting into milder or more aggressive forms, depending on the social environment, the education level, the national, political or religious groups where the phenomenon grows. Yet, it is fed by sources of misinformation and propaganda, which may be either cognate or contrary to each other, such as political extremes and religious fundamentalism, be it Islamic or Christian.

As a political stand, a religious perception or an ideological trend, anti-Semitism is a major social issue, plaguing Europe for a number of centuries and calling into question the moral status of the Western Civilization. The irrationality of this phenomenon can be easily perceived if we consider the doubts cast on the Holocaust, the most vividly documented and thoroughly recorded massive crime in human history. The anti-Semites who endorse any freakish pamphleteering of conspiracy theorists, either reject or doubt the Holocaust, which has been actually recorded by its ruthless perpetrators themselves.

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MIKIS THEODORAKIS' LETTER TO THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2011 07:57
Dear Friends,
I read the announcement you posted on the Internet following the refusal of the President of the Austrian Parliament to allow the performance of my Mauthausen work which features poetry by Jakovos Kambanellis during the event held in memory of the victims of Nazism. Why do you persist in regarding me as an enemy of the Jews? Why do you not like the fact that I am a Living Symbol of anti-racism, whatever form it takes, including, of course, anti-Semitism?
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ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 May 2011 13:19

Music unites people and reminds. Thus the trilogy “Mauthausen” opera, written by the late Iakovos Kampanellis and composed by Mikis Theodorakis, is an hymn to the victims of the Holocaust. This opera cannot change cannot be censured.
Unfortunately, statements made by Mikis Theodorakis in the past few years, such as “The Jews are at the root of evil” and that the Jews are responsible for the international financial crisis, have caused not only astonishment but deep distress as well, even more because Mikis Theodorakis is the co-author of this remarkable opera.

 
GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER HONOURED HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS Print E-mail
Monday, 22 June 2009 13:03
Within its initiatives related to the chairmanship of OSCE for 2009, the Greek Foreign Ministry organized an official ceremony honouring the Greek Holocaust survivors.
The event was held in Athens, on June 17, 2009, and it coincided with the edition of the book “Greeks in Auschwitz – Birkenau”, sponsored by the Foreign Ministry and written by Photini Tomai, Head of the Historic and Diplomatic Archive of the Foreign Ministry.
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DESECRATION OF THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF IOANNINA Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 June 2009 12:31
The Jewish Cemetery of Ioannina was subject to one more vandal attack, the third since January 2009.
 On June 2, 2009, extremists brutally vandalized six tombs –among which that of the mother of the President of the local Jewish Community- destroyed part of the Holocaust Monument, situated in the cemetery, and daubed it with the blood of a turtle which had previously killed.
 The President of the Jewish Community of Ioannina, Dr. Moses Elisaf, medicine professor at the local university as well as town councilor, urged local authorities to take measures for the arrest of the perpetrators and called upon his fellow-citizens to condemn these violent anti-Semitic attacks.
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