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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE VANDAL ATTACK AGAINST THE JEWISH MONUMENT IN THE CAMPUS OF THE ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY IN THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 January 2019 16:14
On January 27, humanity commemorates the Holocaust of the 6 million Jews who were exterminated in the German concentration camps by the Nazis and their collaborators.

On January 25, 2019, the descendants of the collaborators of the Nazis smashed and destroyed the Jewish Monument in the campus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the Observatory Park, in Thessaloniki. They have no moral scruples. They respect neither the living nor the dead.

The University was built upon the shattered tombs and the scattered bones of our forefathers of Thessaloniki, while the Jews of Thessaloniki where confined into ghettos pending deportation. It took 72 years for the city to assume responsibility and pay tribute to the memory of the Jewish necropolis with the erection of this monument in 2014. Today, the memory of the Jews of Thessaloniki, along with the history and the culture of the city, are struck once more by the preachers of hatred.

The Nazis began by burning our books at first, then our Synagogues and our Monuments, then our homes and stores and then… then –with the collaboration of their allies- they burnt our relatives, our friends, our neighbors, they even burnt our dead.

Until when? Until when will the authorities remain bystanders of the vandalisms of memory and civilization? Until when should society tolerate the supporters of Nazism operating freely among us, hurting our human dignity?

Thus, we demand their arrest so that they can be brought to Justice, so that they do not continue their catastrophic work, so that we do not mourn human victims in the name of bigotry and antisemitism.

Sadly, we have to repeat that there remain no other words to describe the sorrow of the Greek Jews: Shame – Shame – Shame.

Excerpt from the inscription on the Monument:

“You're stepping on sacred ground.

You're stepping on what is left of the largest necropolis of the East.

You're stepping on the place where the Jews of Thessaloniki were buried for centuries.

Strong spirits and kind souls of the most vibrant community of the Mediterranean, found here their final resting place.

Their graves stretched up high on the hills.

Until 1943 when the forces of evil crushed all human substance; but people were not enough. They wanted to eradicate the memory too.

And as they were sending the living to their death, they were shattering the tombs of the dead and scattering their bones.

Those buried here died for a second time”.

 Athens, January 26, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

Relevant:

-e-Kathimerini, Jan. 25, 2019: Greek Jewish cemetery memorial in Thessaloniki targeted, again

-Jewish cemetery memorial in Thessaloniki vandalizedJanuary 25, 2019
-JEWISH REVIEW OF BOOKS: Redesecration and Solidarity in Greece, by Devin E. Naar, Feb.21, 2019

 

 

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