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COVID-19 Vaccination starts in Thessaloniki with vaccination of Holocaust survivor
The vaccinations against COVID-19 of people residing in retirement homes started in Thessaloniki and the guests along with the staff of the “Saul D. Modiano” Home for the Elderly were vaccinated in the presence of Mr. Panagiotis Arkoumaneas, president of the National Public Health Organization (NPHO).


The NPHO task force was welcomed by the president of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Mr. David Saltiel. 

The first person to receive the vaccine was a Holocaust survivor, Mrs. Zanna Saatsoglou- Sadikario. Mrs. Saatsoglou (96) was a prisoner in Auschwitz – Birkenau and has been living in the Saul D. Modiano Home for the Elderly for the past 10 years.

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EJC, 6.1.2021

 
VANDALISM OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT OF DRAMA – REACTIONS AND RESTORATION
On the night of the 28th to the 29th of December 2020, vandals sprayed a Christogram cross with the words “Jesus Christ Conquers” on the Holocaust monument of Drama and broke a part of the marble base of the Monument. Similar graffiti was also sprayed at the nearby tobacco warehouse of Drama where, on March 3, 1943, the Bulgarian occupying forces arrested and imprisoned the Jews of the city before deporting them to the Nazi extermination camps.

REACTIONS:

 -The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) in its announcement of December 30, 2020, referred to its letter addressed to the Police Department of Drama, calling for the arrest of the perpetrators, as well as to its letter to the Municipality of Drama, asking for the restoration of the damages caused to the Monument, and the condemnation of the vandalism “which offends the city's history and culture”.

“The Greek Jewry with repulsion and sorrow strongly condemns the continuation of anti-Semitic attacks that derive from any kind of fanaticism and encourage intolerance.

We wish the New Year to be a year of peace and prosperity, in which such phenomena will permanently and irrevocably stop”, KIS’s announcement stresses.

-The immediate reaction of the Municipality of Drama for the restoration of the Monument – Drama Mayor’s letter to KIS:

KIS expressed to the Mayor of Drama, Mr. Christodoulos Mamsakos, the Board’s appreciation for the immediate response of the Municipality for the restoration of the damages and the deletion of the graffiti. In his reply letter to KIS Mayor Mamsakos stresses inter allia: “With sorrow and a regret for the damages caused both to the Holocaust Monument and the tobacco warehouse in our town, I inform you that the restoration works have already started and I send you attached the relevant photographic material.

I also convey the mortification of our local society, which in its entirety condemns the barbaric destructive acts committed by isolated and controversial individuals, who do not serve the sacred humanitarian values of culture, history and traditions. They ignore that our culture, our history and our memories are humanity's past and present. They are our heritage".

The mayor’s letter concludes with the statement of “the repulsion and the contempt” with which himself and the people of Drama condemn this vandal attack.

-The MP of Drama Chara Kefalidou, Head of the Education, Research and Religious Affairs Sector of the socialist “Kinima Allagis” party, with an announcement on 31.12.2020, pointed out the following:

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THE MAYOR OF THESSALONIKI JOINED CELEBRATION FOR HANUKKAH
The Jewish Community of Thessaloniki has organized on-line candle lighting ceremonies via zoom and facebook, on daily basis. The first candle was lit on December 10, 2020, by the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, Mr David Saltiel, and the Mayor of Thessaloniki Mr Konstantinos Zervas, with the participation of Rabbi Aaron Israel and many Community members who joined in via zoom.


Mr Saltiel stressed the peculiarity of this year’s festivity, celebrated remotely, and wished for a brighter future. “Light and hope is what the Maccabees fought for, and this is their message to us, not to lose hope because even a slightest glimmer is enough to dissolve a dense darkness”, Saltiel said. Then he welcomed the Mayor who constantly for the past two years joins the Hanukkah candle lighting in Thessaloniki.

Mayor Zervas expressed his joy and pointed out that he considers his participation at the celebration as a privilege. He wished a Happy Hanukkah to the Community and referred to “the miracle of light dispelling darkness which has a special meaning this year, when we all need to pray for the safe return of the normality and of all the things we cherish, hoping that soon we will be able to celebrate all festivities together”.

 
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE NAZI SALUTE GIVEN BY PARTY LEADER Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 10:37
The leader of "Golden Dawn" N. Michaloliakos gave a Nazi salute, while addressing a fascist youth gathering in Athens, on Saturday October 20, 2012. As the mass media reported, Michaloliakos, with an extended right hand, said: "They call us Nazis but they have never called us thieves. These hands may sometimes salute like this […] but they are clean hands. They are not dirty. They have not stolen". All political parties made condemnation statements.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following announcement:

"The Nazi salute given by a leader of a Greek party represented in the Greek Parliament, demonstrates in the most brutal way the nature of the threat launched against Greek Democracy.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece has repeatedly pointed out that the devotees of Nazism, who deny the Holocaust, use racial violence, and give the Nazi salute, are repulsive to the Greek democratic citizens, provoke the outrage of the Greek Jews and brutally insult the memory of the Holocaust victims and of the fighters who sacrificed their lives for the principles of liberty, dignity and civilization.

We call upon the state, the politicians as well as the society not only to remain vigilant but to immediately and urgently take all the necessary measures to protect the principles of Democracy that are openly threatened by the devotees of Nazism so as not to allow society to be drifted into the darkness of racial hatred and anti-Semitism.

Athens, October 22, 2012
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
GREEK JEWRY PROTESTS FOR GOLDEN DAWN MEMBERSHIP TO NON-DISCRIMINATION COMMITTEE OF THE CoE - SIGN THE PETITION OF THE EUJS Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 October 2012 13:21
With regard to the appointment of Golden Dawn MP Eleni Zaroulia to the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece addressed a letter to the Committee's Chairwoman Mrs. Tina Acketoft, expressing the Greek Jewry's distress and astonishment on the issue.  

As pointed out in the letter: “As known, Mrs. Zaroulia is a Greek MP with the Golden Dawn party which promotes neonazi ideology and adopts racist and violent practices. Inter alia, the party’s leader has openly and publicly denied the Holocaust on TV just a few months ago.
On behalf of the Greek Jewry we express our astonishment and profound concern for the way and the criteria of participation of a person representing such an ideology to the PACE Equality and Non-Discrimination Committee.
We express the belief that the Equality and Non-Discrimination Committee will not tolerate any manifestation, comment or expression of anti-Semitic or racial prejudice, and will safeguard the fundamental principles of democracy and respect of human rights”.
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CRIF DELEGATION IN ATHENS AND THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 September 2012 09:22
From 11th to 14th September 2012, a delegation from CRIF (Conseil Representatif des Institutions Juives de France), the umbrella organization of the French Jewry, visited Greece. The delegation was headed by the President of CRIF Dr. Richard Prasquier and included distinguished executives as Mr. Pascal Markowicz, lawyer and President of the CRIF Committee for International Relations; Mme Véronique Harari, member of the CRIF Committee for the Interfaith Dialogue; Mr. Michel Azaria, member of the Committee for Holocaust Remembrance; Dr. Maurice Soustiel, and Mme Jenny Laneurie Fresco members of associations for the preservation of the sephardi culture, and Mme Eve Gani, development manager at CRIF.
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SHIMON PERES MET WITH GREEK JEWISH LEADERS Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 August 2012 11:49
In the framework of his state visit to Greece, the President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres had a meeting with the Greek Jewish leadership, which was held in Athens, on Tuesday August 7, 2012. President Peres was accompanied by the Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Orit Noked and the Ambassador of Israel to Greece Arye Mekel. 
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SHIMON PERES' STATE VISIT TO GREECE - An overall review Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 August 2012 07:16
The intensification of contacts between Greece and Israel, with emphasis on the sectors of investments, energy, tourism, shipping, agricultural development, the environment and commerce was agreed on Monday during a meeting between Greek President Karolos Papoulias and visiting Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres, who arrived in Athens on Monday August 6, 2012, on a state visit at the invitation of his Greek counterpart.
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