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GREECE - JANUARY 27, 2021: HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY EVENTS

The Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated in Greece since 2004, when the Greek Parliament unanimously voted for Law 3218/2004, which established the 27th of January as the "National Remembrance Day of the Greek Jewish Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust".  The Greek Parliament, as well as the country’s Regional Administrations, with the cooperation of the local Jewish Communities, organize annually a series of commemoration, cultural and educational events.

This year -due to the pandemic restrictions- most events were held on-line.  From documentaries, to survivors’ testimonies, concerts, lectures and interviews, the 2021 programme covered a vast scale of activities that approached Holocaust history from many aspects and stressed the message of tolerance and respect of Human Rights. Greek officials, at the highest level, joined Holocaust commemoration events. The most symbolic ones were the following:

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ILLUMINATION OF THE WHITE TOWER IN THESSALONIKI FOR THE NATIONAL REMEMBRANCE DAY OF THE GREEK JEWS MARTYRS AND HEROES OF THE HOLOCAUST

THESSALONIKH, January 27, 2021.- Today the White Tower, wears the yellow star exactly like the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki, the 67.000 Greek Jews and the 6.000.000 Jews of Europe, 78 years ago. The White Tower bears the piece of cloth that became the stigma that would lead millions of innocents to be deported and exterminated during the Holocaust.

The city of Thessaloniki remembers and mourns for the loss of 20% of the city’s population. A dynamic and vibrant part of the society that was wiped out, as hatred and inhumanity prevailed. 

The yellow star on the White Tower, the landmark of Thessaloniki, is a promise by the city to turn the pain of the loss into one strong, unwavering, united, clear voice for  freedom, respect, solidarity, justice….  against those few, who still strive to see racism and hatred rise again. 

With this symbolic activity, the city of Thessaloniki and the Jewish Communtiy also joined the WJC #WeRemember campaign. 

The illumination event will be streamed today January 27, 2021 at 17:00 CET 

WATCH ON www.jcthessaloniki.gr  & WATCH ON YOUTUBE

 
VIDEO MESSAGE BY KIS PRESIDENT DAVID SALTIEL ON HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2021
In his video message, dedicated to the Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece David Saltiel referred to the story of Esther Cohen, Holocaust survivor who passed away last December. The story summarizes not only the barbarity with which the genocide of 6 million Jews was committed by the Nazis, but also important aspects of the Holocaust history, along with worthy messages for the responsibility towards Memory, the need of education and social awareness.
Watch the video here (English subtitles).

 
REPLY FROM T. ACKETOFT AND D. BAKOYANNIS ON E. ZAROULIA’S PARTICIPATION TO THE CoE COMMITTEE on EQUALITY Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:09
The Chairwoman of the Committee on Equality and Non Discrimination of the PACE, Mrs. Tina Acketoft replied to the letter of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece protesting Mrs Zaroulia’s (Golden Dawn MP) participation to the Committee.
In her letter, Mrs Tina Acketoft clarifies the procedure related to the appointment of committees and she stresses that “each national parliament decides the composition of its delegation, which must ensure a fair representation of the political parties or groups which are represented in parliament. The credentials of delegations can be challenged by Assembly members when they are submitted for ratification, which happens every year in January, or at any other part-session following elections”.
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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

 
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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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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