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SECRETARY GENERAL FOR RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS CONDEMNS DESECRATION OF MONUMENT IN THESSALONIKI UNIVERSITY Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:09
Secretary General for Religious Affairs George Kalantzis, in a statement issued by the Greek Ministry of Education, on July 11, 2018, strongly condemned the desecration of the Jewish monument dedicated to the former Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki which is situated in the campus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The statement reads the following:

“As if they never existed”. This was the Nazi plan of the “final solution”. That is the reason why murdering six million innocent Jews, destroying their synagogues and cemeteries, plundering and redistributing their property, changing street names, burning books and attempting to make disappear even the music and notes composed by Jews was not sufficient for them.
The desecration of the monument commemorating the Jewish cemetery of the city that once stood there where the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is today – one of the most significant Jewish cemeteries in Europe- is to be entirely condemned and it is an act belonging to the Nazi tradition and perception.

The fact that the memorial was vandalized with the sacred symbol of the cross and the phrase “Jesus Christ Nika” is an additional insult and provocation for us Christians. Les us remember that Nazis went so far as to try to remove everything Jewish from Christianity, which would mean Christianity without Jesus Christ.  And we know where that led".

Source: Press Release, Greek Ministry of Education, July 11, 2018.
Related articles:
 
- KIS Press Release: PRESS RELEASE ON THE DESECRATION OF THE JEWISH MONUMENT IN THE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
- Read here the whole text (in Greek, English, Ladino, Hebrew) of the inscription at the Jewish Monument in the Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki, erected in 2014, in remembrance of the old Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki destroyed in 1942.
The Press Release of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki
- In the Greek press
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WJC, 11.7.2018: WJC condemns desecration of Jewish monument in Greece, calls on authorities to follow through with commitment to fighting anti-Semitism
 

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