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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).

 
ANNOUNCEMENT by the GENERAL SECRETARY of RELIGIONS - MINISTRY OF EDUCATION - MR. GEORGE KALANTZIS Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 11:49
The indescribable tragic event that took place in France, a country with long traditional democratic values, has to arise a great concern for all of us. Apart from our deep grief and our sincere condolences towards the relatives of the innocent victims, the Jewish community as well as the French people, it is our duty to think what we do as individuals in order to deter such hideous events. No one, nevertheless, either country or nation is unaffected from racism, anti-Semitism and similar absurdities.
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A.J.C. ASSISTANCE TO GREEK HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:00
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the American Jewish Committee share and continue a productive cooperation for more than two decades.
In the course of these years, in a vast scale of issues and on various occasions the AJC has repeatedly assisted the Greek Jewry.
Once more, in the past few months, the AJC has actively demonstrated its solidarity through two important support programmes offered during this difficult period when the consequences of the financial crisis have greatly afflicted Greek Jewish Communities, organizations and people.  The most recent donation of the AJC was made following David Harris’ visit to Greece and it includes the sum of 48.000 USD to be distributed to the survivors of the Nazi concentration camps in Greece, who are the most needy and delicate part of our Community. In January, AJC Executive Director David Harris headed a delegation that visited Athens and Thessaloniki. D. Harris met with top Greek officials and Jewish leaders and spoke at the annual Holocaust remembrance ceremony in Thessaloniki (photo).
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GREEK JEWISH LEADERSHIP MET WITH EHUD BARAK Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:53
Israeli Minister of Defence, Ehud Barak, was in Athens on an official visit on 10th and 11th January 2012, accompanied by his wife, Nili Barak-Priel and ministry officials. The Israeli minister had meetings with the President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias, Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, Foreign Minister Stavros Dimas and his counterpart Minister of National Defence, Dimitris Avramopoulos. The main topic under discussion was the increased level of military co-operation in defence and security.
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ANNOUNCEMENT on LAOS MPs JOINING the ND PARTY Print E-mail
Friday, 17 February 2012 14:59

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the Greek Jewry’s concern and surprise for the fact that two MPs, M. Voridis and A. Georgiadis,  recently expelled from the LAOS party, have joined the party of “New Democracy” (ND). In the past these MPs have expressed or associated themselves with insulting anti-Jewish views.

We hope that the leadership of  “New Democracy”, which is a leading Greek party, will take all necessary measures so that such views remain at the margins of the Greek society, and will safeguard the equality of all citizens regardless of race or religion, as provided for by the Constitution.

The Greek Jewry also believes that the same policy against racism and anti-Semitism, as endorsed by all democratic Greek and European parties, will continue.

 

Athens, February 17, 2012  

 
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION VISITS ISRAEL Print E-mail
Friday, 13 January 2012 13:29
Greek Minister for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs, Mrs Anna Diamantopoulou visited Israel from 9th to 11th January 2012 at the invitation of the Minister for Education of Israel as part of the drive to improve relations between the two countries. Mrs Diamantopoulou was accompanied on her trip to Israel by Mr Victor Eliezer, who is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and was representing Greek Jewry.
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