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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).

 
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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The Greek Participation in the “Diplomatic Seminar for Young Jewish Leaders" for 2012 Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 September 2012 13:09
from Jeffrey Solomon

During the summer of 2012 on July 1st till 12th, the Diplomatic Seminar for Young Jewish Leaders which was organized for the 13th consecutive year by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel, took place in Jerusalem. Thanks to the Israeli Embassy in Athens, I was given the chance to have the pleasure and the honor to represent Greece at this Seminar and I experienced close hand, moments that will accompany me forever.

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AJC DELEGATION IN ATHENS Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 06:14
AJC Executive Director David Harris, accompanied by Daniel Schwammenthal the Director of the AJC Transatlantic Institute in Brussels, and Ellisa Sagor, Chief of Staff of the office of the AJC Executive Director, visited Athens on Friday July 20, 2012, following visits in Jerusalem and Baku. David Harris was also accompanied by the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece David Saltiel and the President of the Athens Jewish Community Benjamin Albalas.  Among the highlights of the AJC program in Athens were meetings with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras; Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos; Defense Minister Panos Panagiotopoulos; Interior Minister Evripidis Stylianidis; Education Minister Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos; PASOK President Evangelos Venizelos; and Israeli Ambassador Arye Mekel.
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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE NEW GOLDEN DAWN MEMBER IN PARLIAMENT Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 July 2012 06:17
The new ‘Golden Dawn’ MP Mr Artemios Mathaiopoulos was sworn in as a member of the Greek Parliament yesterday following the resignation of an MP from the region of Serres. In the past, Mr Mathaiopoulos was a bass player in a hard rock Greek band called “Pogrom”(!); a band with a vast repertoire of fiercely racist, fascist, vulgar and anti-Semitic songs. “Auschwitz”, a song with lyrics like “fuck Anne Frank”, “fuck the tribe of Abraham”, “piss on the Wailing Wall” “Juden raus” and  “Auschwitz, how much I love it”, is characteristic of the band’s ‘work’.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece has protested on behalf of Greek Jewry with letters to the President of the Greek Parliament and to Greek political parties.
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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE TERROR ATTACK IN BULGARIA Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 July 2012 12:11
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its repudiation for the latest terror attack against innocent Israeli citizens, which took place yesterday in Bulgaria and resulted in seven dead and dozens of wounded.
This hideous act, following last week’s attempt in Cyprus, reminds the humanity that hatred and fundamentalism feed blind terror which once more struck innocent Israelis, this time tourists visiting a country of the European Union.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece conveys the Greek Jewry’s condolences to the families of the tragic victims and to the people of Israel. It also wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
Athens, 19 July 2012
 
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