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70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MAUTHAUSEN LIBERATION WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF THE SPEAKER OF THE GREEK PARLIAMENT & GREEK JEWRY’S REPRESENTATIVES Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 07:43

Greek Jewish leaders joined the country’s official delegation at Mauthausen liberation events.

More than 22,000 people including around 50 survivors on Sunday May 10, 2015, marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Mauthausen in Austria, one of the Nazis’ biggest concentration camps, organizers say.

The Greek delegation, headed by the Speaker of the Parliament Zoi Konstantopoulou, paid tribute to the 3.700 Greeks who died in Mauthausen. 

The Greek delegation also included: the Christian Orthodox Metropolitan of Austria Mgr. Arsenios, the Greek government’s representative MP Rachel Makri, the Greek Jewry's representatives, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Moses Constantinis and the President of the 2nd Generation of Holocaust Victims Marios Soussis, the Ambassador of Greece to Austria Crychoula Aleiferi and the Permanent Representative of Greece to OSCE, Ambassador Andreas Papadakis.

“In a time where intolerance and discrimination are still issues both in Austria and abroad it is all the more important to remain aware of what this behavior led to 70 years ago,” says Willi Mernyi, chairman of the Austrian Mauthausen Committee.

The ceremony at the former camp near Linz was attended by people from all over Europe and beyond as well as Austria’s President and Chancellor,  the Czech Premier and the Speakers of the Greek and Belgian Parliaments.

Invoking the memory of "one of the most horrible chapters in our history”, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann urged his countrymen "to never forget and to elevate values such as tolerance, democracy, non-violence and solidarity."

 
[Sources: The Times of Israel  / New York Times]

 

 

 

 

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