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ANTI-SEMITISM IN GREECE TODAY: ASPECTS, CAUSES, AND TACKLING THE PHENOMENON Print E-mail
Friday, 04 August 2017 10:40

Antisemitism in Greece today: Aspects, causes and tackling the phenomenon – Research by Giorgos Antoniou, Spyros Kosmidis, Elias Dinas, Leon Saltiel, published by the Heinrich-Böll Foundation Greece, Thessaloniki 2017.


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Anti-Semitism is one of the most common manifestations of social prejudice in Europe and elsewhere. Greece is not an exception to this rule; in fact, Greece, according to the 2015/2017 Anti-Defamation League Global Survey has the highest proportion of people who harbour anti-Semitic sentiments in Europe. The study at hand was commissioned by Heinrich Boell Stiftung Greece to report the main findings of an original analysis of Greek public opinion that aimed to delve deeper into the causes of the phenomenon. The report was divided into three themes; 1) discussing the socio-political framework of anti-Semitism in modern Greece, 2) the full presentation of the empirical work conducted using public opinion surveys and 3) a set of policy recommendations to tackle the phenomenon. The executive summary at hand will briefly present the main aspects of each of the three themes.

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE VANDALISM OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT IN KASTORIA – THE IMMEDIATE REACTION OF THE LOCAL SOCIETY Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 December 2018 14:29

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the dismay of the Greek Jewry for the vandal attack against the Holocaust Monument of Kastoria, erected to remind of the 1.000 Jews of the city deported and exterminated in Auschwitz by the Nazis. Using back spray-paint to deface the inscription on the Monument, the fanatic preachers of hatred aimed both at erasing the memory of the once flourishing Jewish community and at destroying the symbolisms that the Monuments transmits.

They got the best response through the reaction of the local society, with the official condemnation of the Mayor of Kastoria as well as the prompt reaction of the motivated citizens who cleaned the monument. The law enforcement authorities have to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to Justice.

Thirteen cases of vandalism against Jewish targets were registered within 2018. The outburst of intolerance, the vandal attacks against monuments and sacred sites, intensify the need to realize that antisemitism is only the beginning of the decadence of a society that in order to be protected by the followers of obscurantism has the obligation to transmit knowledge and memory so as to prevent new crimes against humanity.

Athens, December 27, 2018

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
WHO WILL STAND UP FOR THE CHRISTIANS? Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2014 10:06

The following opinion article authored by World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder was published in the “New York Times” on August 19, 2014

WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.

The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in peace for centuries. The terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed hundreds of Christians this year — ravaging the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, two weeks ago. Half a million Christian Arabs have been driven out of Syria during the three-plus years of civil war there. Christians have been persecuted and killed in countries from Lebanon to Sudan.

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THE PRESIDENT OF THE HELLENIC PARLIAMENT PRESENTED THE EXHIBITS OF THE PERMANENT GREEK EXHIBITION IN AUSCHWITZ Print E-mail
Monday, 20 May 2019 08:33
The Hellenic Parliament, at an historical moment for the country, presented a part of the showpieces which will adorn the Permanent Greek exhibition  to be housed in the Auschwitz State Museum. The presentation was realized on May 2, 2019 by the President of the Hellenic Parliament, Mr. Nikos Voutsis, in a very emotionally touching ambiance.  

This day constitutes the capstone of the effort and the historical decision taken by the Hellenic Parliament to fully fund the establishment of a Permanent Exhibition in Auschwitz. Thus, we have ended our country's seventy year absence from this place of torture and memory, where thousands of our fellow citizens were exterminated. The exhibition titled "You should remember me, the way I remember you" (a phrase from the manuscript of Marcel Natzari) is organized thanks to the significant contribution of the Jewish Museum of Greece, that offered historical details and evidence. The resolution of the Hellenic Parliament to finance this work constitutes the minimum tribute of the country's moral and historical obligation for the perished in the Concentration Camp of Auschwitz.

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SALONICA – MOTHER OF LOVE AND PAIN Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 13:01

By Yvette Nahmia-Messinas, Jerusalem Post, January 2nd, 2017

Where should I start? I’ll start at the end. On Saturday we went to see the film “Ouzeri Tsitsanis” (Cloudy Sunday) by director Manousos Manousakis in the framework of the Jewish Film Festival at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. “Ouzeri” in Greek is the place where people drink ouzo and eat mezedes. Vassilis Tsitsanis was one of the most important figures in the formation of modern Greek music, a master bouzouki player and among the forces shaping the Rebetiko (urban Greek music) in Salonica before and during WWII. The screening hall was filled with known faces of Greek Jews, Greek music lovers, philhellenes and beyond.

The film was balanced, nuanced and rich, and succeeded in telling the story of the Greek Jews of Salonica, the “madre d’Israel,” from different perspectives. We saw the Sephardi Greek Jews, heard them speak in Greek and Ladino and sing songs in Judeo-Espagnol in their communal choir as well as get involved in the new socialist ideas. We were exposed to the foreign sounding names of the foods they ate, the synagogue they went to, the controversial rabbi they followed. We also saw the inner strife among them, of those who suggested not listening to the rabbi and his directives of going along with the Germans’ requests, and those who felt safer in complying with the Jewish community’s policy rather than straying away from it and going on their own.

We were shown Estrea, the young Sephardi Jewess (Christina Chila Fameli) who is active in the resistance by typewriting its messages in a well-hidden basement. Although she is issued false identity papers as a Greek Orthodox woman, and has the option to escape with her Greek Christian boyfriend Giorgos (Charis Fragkoulis) to Athens, Estrea opts to turn herself in as a Jew and get on the train to be with her family. Estrea knows that the train is headed for Poland, but doesn’t know its ultimate destination is Auschwitz, where 96% of Salonica’s Jews perished.

 

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