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DESECRATION OF THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL IN RHODES Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 07:44
The Holocaust Monument in the old city of the island of Rhodes was desecrated with graffiti and swastikas in the night of October 26 to 27, 2012.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following Press Release:


PRESS RELEASE

Those who wish a return of Nazism and evil have once again defiled the Holocaust Memorial in the city of Rhodes by scrawling swastikas on it and obliterating the inscription ‘In memory of the victims of the Holocaust’.
 
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and Greek Jewry in its entirety condemn this act and yet again call upon the authorities to take whatever steps are necessary to protect the city’s Holocaust Memorial which stands as a reminder to everyone of the barbarity with which Nazism drove 1,600 Jewish citizens of Rhodes to mass-produced death in concentration camps.
 
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece also calls for the arrest of those guilty of assaulting the city’s dignity and culture with their anti-Semitic raging. 
 
The society of present-day Greece can neither allow nor tolerate anti-Semitism because such acts are an affront to our civilisation, our humanity, our dignity and our Democracy.
 
It is a duty and an obligation of all of us to ensure the immediate arrest of the culprits and see they are brought before a court of law, because those who desecrate memorials today are those who will commit crimes against the principles of Democracy and the cultural values of society in the future. It is, above all, the duty of the people of Rhodes to protect the history and integrity of their city.
 
We trust that the authorities, the Church and local organisations in the city will categorically condemn any and every such barbaric assault against the values of the Hellenic Republic.

Athens, 29th October 2012
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece




THE REACTION OF THE GREEK GOVERNMENT

GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN CONDEMNED THE DESECRATION OF THE RHODES MONUMENT

Government Spokesman Simos Kedikoglou condemned the desecration of the Holocaust Monument on the island of Rhodes with the following statement of October 30, 2012:

“The desecration of the Holocaust Monument in Rhodes is an immoral act which is to be strongly condemned. It is an act that insults Greece and the Greek people. It insults the memory of the Greek Jews who perished during the Holocaust.
The Greek Government condemns in the utmost determined way any act of bigotry and anti-Semitism. Such attitudes do not conform with the Greek civilization and history.
The competent authorities have enacted the necessary course of action in order to trace down the perpetrators and bring them to justice”. 
 
 
 
 

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