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MEMORIAL UNVEILING IN THE LIANOKLADI TRAIN STATION IN MEMORY OF THE JEWS FORCED TO SLAVE LABOUR IN THE RAILWAYS DURING THE GERMAN OCCUPATION
An unknown aspect of the occupation and the Holocaust of the Greek Jews came to light with the unveiling of the reconstructed monument for the Jews who were sent by the Nazis to slave labor on the railway network of the Lianokladi-Karya area (Central Greece, Fthiotida region). The unveiling took place at noon on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at the Lianokladi railway station, in the presence of the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Mr. Costas Karamanlis. The original Monument -erected in 1988- was probably destroyed during the renovation of the Lianokladi railway station.

The new Monument was rebuilt with the approval and actions of the Hellenic Railways Organization (HRO), and the cooperation of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), and was located to a prominent position, at the station dock to remind of the extent of the Nazis’ atrocities. The unveiling began with addresses by the President of the HRO Mr. Spyridon Pateras, the President of KIS Mr. David Saltiel and the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Mr. Costas Karamanlis, who unveiled the Memorial after a prayer from the Rabbi of Athens, Mr. Gabriel Negrin. The Metropolitan Bishop of Fthiotida H.E. Symeon, also addressed the event.

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MARGARITIS SCHINAS VISISTED THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF THESSALONIKI – “NO ROOM FOR FASCISM AND NAZISM”

"In modern European Greece, but also in democratic Thessaloniki, there is no room for fascism and Nazism. Those who make the mistake of insisting on these practices should know that history will remind them of what happened," the Vice President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, said on Sunday October 10, 2021, during his visit to the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki while assuring the Jewish communities of Europe that the European Union will support them in the face of modern threats. Schinas sent a clear message that Thessaloniki is a European metropolis in which there is no room for rhetorical hatred.

Thessaloniki will always remain a European metropolis of extroversion, democracy, peaceful coexistence, and dialogue. "A European metropolis where raiding battalions, rhetoric and symbols of hatred do not fit."
Schinas' visit to Thessaloniki and the Jewish Museum is of particular importance as it took place a few days after the presentation of the EU's first strategy to fight anti-Semitism and preserve Jewish life, which was emphasized by the European Commission Vice-President.

"As Vice President, I want to assure the Jewish communities in Europe that the EU will not leave them unprotected from the many modern threats that are overshadowing their lives today. We will guarantee their safety, we will strengthen their education and culture, we will do everything to preserve the historical memory of the Holocaust, especially now that the last survivors are leaving us without their personal stories," Schinas underlined.

Mr. David Saltiel, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, welcomed and accompanied Mr. Schinas to the tour of the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki. Mr. Saltiel expressed the appreciation of the world Jewry for the “remarkable work in support of the Jewish Communities in Europe” achieved by the EC Vice President. “It is our duty to promote knowledge and research, educate the young people so that they are immune to neo-Nazi ideologies, because these ideas abolish human rights and the very values of humanism”, said Mr. Saltiel. “We must continue our fight against fascism, racism and antisemitism. This Museum is a pillar of knowledge. The schools that visit it learn about the history of the Holocaust, while educational trips to the Museum of Auschwitz are organized so that the youngsters realize the magnitude of the Holocaust. As years go by and the survivors pass away, the duty to preserve memory and fight antisemitism passes on to us”, Saltiel stressed.

 
KIS WELCOMES THE NEW EU STRATEGY FOR COMBATTING ANTISEMITISM

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the groundbreaking action plan of the European Commission for combatting antisemitism and fostering Jewish life.

We congratulate Mr Margaritis Schinas, the Vice President of the European Commission for Promoting our European Way of Life, who played a key role in planning the new strategy to confront antisemitism in Europe.

The new strategy -as presented in the detailed and concise document released yesterday by the European Commission- is an innovative project that covers three basic stages -prevention, protection and education / research- the interaction of which we believe that will effectively combat the menace of antisemitism that revives in Europe. Within the context of his visit in our country, Mr. Schinas will visit the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki and will be briefed by the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Mr. David Saltiel, on the progress of the project of the Holocaust Museum of Greece in Thessaloniki.

In our country, where antisemitism continues to manifest despite the noteworthy educational programs implemented in recent years in Greece, the project of the EU for 2021 – 2030, through the multitude of the opportunities and means it provides, will contribute to the realization of coordinated actions targeting antisemitism.

The Greek as well as the world Jewry is looking forward to taking active part in the implementation of this project, hoping that altogether we will succeed in uprooting antisemitic hatred from the contemporary society. A society free of antisemitism means brotherhood, it means respect of diversity and respect of the fundamental human rights.

 Athens October 6, 2021

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
GREEK JEWRY TRIAL POSTPONED Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 12:02
The case against representatives of Greek Jewry that was set to be heard in court today has been adjourned until the 21st of February 2012. The trial was postponed because the defense attorney of one of the accused, the representative of Greek Helsinki Monitor Panagiote Dimitras, was unable to attend.
Official representatives of Greek Jewry, Moses Constantinis, former President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS Greece); Benjamin Albalas, President of the Jewish Community of Athens; Abraham Reitan, former General Secretary of KIS Greece; and Leon Gavriilides, former director of KIS Greece are charged with wrongful accusation and libellous defamation against K. Plevris, who filed suit against them.
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ANNOUNCEMENT Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 September 2011 11:36
EJC ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE UNILATERAL DECLARATION OF INDEPENDANCE OF THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AT THE UNITED NATIONS
 
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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THE RESPONSE OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2011 08:03
Dear Mr Theodorakis,
We have received your letter dated 9/5/2011 and read it with great care.
We are genuinely pleased that you have explained that your use of ‘I am an anti-Semite’ was a slip of the tongue.

Yours sincerely
The President David Saltiel
The Secretary General Lilian Capon
 
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.

 
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