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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ATTACK AGAINST THE GREEK ORTHODOX PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM IN BETHLEHEM

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece unreservedly condemns the attack against the Patriarch of Jerusalem in Bethlehem upon his arrival in the city for the Feast of Epiphany.

We express the abhorrence of Greek Jewry for the violence that has occurred and we feel it’s necessary to stress once that fanaticism, violence and intimidation cannot in any way be accepted or acceptable methods for supporting a position.

Athens, January 9th, 2018
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
SIGNING OF THE PRESIDENTIAL DECREE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM OF GREECE

The President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Mr. David Saltiel, expresses his deep satisfaction with the success of the efforts made by the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, and the friendly and fruitful  cooperation with the President and CEO of Gaiaose SA Mr Athanassios Schizas and the Mayor of Thessaloniki Mr Yannis Boutaris, for the construction of the Holocaust Museum of Greece in the place of the Old Railway Station of Thessaloniki.

The Presidential Decree that has been signed on 29 December 2017 and published in the Official Government Gazette (issue no 293) paves the way for the realization of this important project. The Museum that will be constructed in the city of Thessaloniki, whose 50,000 citizens were exterminated in the Nazi camps, will serve as a continuous reminder of the consequences of the prevalence of racism and intolerance, as a memorial of the Holocaust, as a place of defense and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms of humankind and as a place of peaceful coexistence for all people.

 JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE STATEMENTS OF RABBI MORDECHAI FRIZIS

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece denounces the unacceptable and provocative statements made by Rabbi Mordechai Frizis who lives in Israel and has no relation with the Greek Jewry and the Jewish Communities of Greece. These extreme views, that are inconsistent with the values ​​of the Jewish religion, were one of the reasons why the Rabbi Mordechai Frizis could not remain as Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki .

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece considers that these voices of fanaticism and intolerance undermine the peaceful coexistence between people of different religions.

 Athens January 2nd, 2018

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
THE GHOSTS OF THESSALONIKI ARE STILL HERE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:56

LEON SALTIEL*

Seventy-five years ago today, during the German occupation of Greece, began the destruction of the historic Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city. The cemetery was established in ancient times and on the eve of the Second World War counted approximately 500,000 graves in an area of 350,000 square meters, making it probably the largest Jewish cemetery in Europe and maybe the world. Within a few weeks, wrote an eyewitness, “the vast necropolis, scattered with fragments of stone and rubble, resembled a city that had been bombed, or destroyed by a volcanic eruption.” According to a report by the US consul in Istanbul, “recently buried dead were thrown to the dogs.”

This act was not a purely German initiative. Besides, one can visit Jewish cemeteries today in the center of Berlin. The initiative came from the local authorities, which for a long time had tried to remove the cemetery from its location, close to the city center. “And this damned German occupation had to come, when, with the collaboration of an ironic fate, this old unsolvable problem of Thessaloniki found its dramatic solution,” in the words of Thessaloniki intellectual Georgios Vafopoulos. In its place today is the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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KIS PRESIDENT DAVID SALTIEL AWARDED WITH THE GERMAN CROSS OF MERIT Print E-mail
Friday, 03 November 2017 13:59

Τhe President of the Central Βoard of Jewish Communities in Greece and President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, Mr. David Saltiel, received yesterday, 2 November 2017, the Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his contribution to the German-Jewish cooperation. The Federal Cross has been awarded to Mr David Saltiel by Mr Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe in a ceremony held at the residence of the German consul in Thessaloniki.

Mr David Saltiel accepted the great honor that was made to him, with a toast to life, the life that the Holocaust has brutally cut short for the members of the thriving Jewish Community of Thessaloniki.

Mr Michael Roth said that the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Mr David Saltiel should be praised for the hard work for reconciliation. David Saltiel vowed that he will continue to fight for reconciliation in order to create the better future that we deserve and that unites us all together.

In his speech, Michael Roth referred also to the Holocaust Museum of Thessaloniki and applauded Mr Saltiel’s personal involvement and commitment to the realisation of this project. Mr. D. Saltiel said that Mr Roth believed in this project from the very beginning and supported it by all means.

Earlier on the same day, Mr. D. Saltiel welcomed Mr. M. Roth to the offices of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki where he presented German Minister Roth with a papyrus and a symbolic commemorative gift at a special ceremony in the presence of the leadership of Greek Jewry and representatives of the German Consulate.

Relevant:
- ANA - MPA, November 3, 2017


-        Read HERE Mr. Saltiel’s welcoming address to M. Roth.

 
Menachem Simantov: a different rescue story of 600 Christians from Serres Print E-mail
Friday, 24 November 2017 12:24
 
By VICTOR ELIEZER (E.J.P., Nov. 20, 2017)
It was a June 2017 morning when my phone rang and on the end of the line I heard the kind voice of a lady:   - "I want to talk to you about the Jews of Serres, (a city in North Greece),  and the history of my family", she tells me and somehow she surprised me because –to tell the truth– I did not believe there was a single Jew from Serres that was alive. - "I had no idea", I answer, "that you are from Serres, and of course I am interested in your story".

ATHENS----It was a June 2017 morning when my phone rang and on the end of the line I heard the kind voice of a lady:  
- "I want to talk to you about the Jews of Serres, (a city in North Greece), and the history of my family", she tells me and somehow she surprised me because –to tell the truth– I did not believe there was a single Jew from Serres that was alive.

- "I had no idea", I answer, "that you are from Serres, and of course I am interested in your story"
And so, on the evening of Friday, June 13, Mrs. Mimika Simantov-Samouilidou welcomes me in her apartment just opposite the Acropolis. The dining table was full of photos, publications and books. Her discourse is accompanied by photographs of a distant past. Favorite faces, houses and streets that no longer exist. Her voice trembles with emotion when she shows me the photos.
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HONORARY EVENT FOR THE frm PRESIDENT OF KIS MOSES CONSTANTINIS Print E-mail
Friday, 27 October 2017 10:31

On Monday, October 16, 2017, in the central hall of the Old Parliament’s house in Athens, filled to capacity, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) honored its former President, Mr. Moses Constantinis. The event was coordinated by Mr. Moses Elisaf, General Secretary of KIS and President of the Jewish Community of Ioannina, who also addressed an introductory speech. Afterwards, the floor was given to Mr. David Saltiel, President of KIS and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, Mr. Makis Matsas, President of the Jewish Museum of Greece, Mr. Petros Eufthymiou, former Minister, Mr. Dionysis Savvopoulos, composer, and close friend of Moses Constantinis, and Ms. Effie Ezrati, on behalf of the employees of KIS, respectively.

Ms. Irit Ben-Aba, the Ambassador of Israel in Greece, addressed the event, thanking Moses Constantinis for his years of service, on behalf of the State of Israel, of the Embassy, as well as personally. The address was followed by the screening of a video, including photographs and interviews, presenting the personality and the work of Moses Constantinis. 

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR FAR RIGHT’S PARTY ENTRY IN THE BUDENSTAG Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 12:02

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece congratulates Angela Merkel on securing her fourth consecutive term in the German Chancellery.

However, the overall results of the German federal elections of September 2017, with the strong presence of the extreme, xenophobic and anti-European party “Alternative for Germany” (AfD) in the country's federal Parliament, raise concern both for Germany itself and for all of Europe.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece shares the concern of the entire democratic world about the fact that a far-right xenophobic party enters the Bundestag for the first time since 1945. We ask from the German Government which will be formed soon to take into very serious consideration the results of these elections and search the cause of the rise of vote in favor of this particular xenophobic party.

At the same time, we express our conviction that the other parties in the Bundestag will preserve the democratic principles of Germany.

Athens, September 25, 2017

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 

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