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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE USE OF HOLOCAUST SYMBOLS Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:00

Journalist Kostas Vaxevanis, editor of “Documento” newspaper, trivialized Holocaust in a tweet criticizing Opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his statement in favour of the ‘7day work week’. Vaxevanis in his tweet of May 12, 2019 used the inscription over the gate of Auschwitz “Arbeit Macht Frei” to comment on K. Mitsotakis.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) issued the following announcement stressing the inappropriate use of the symbols of the Holocaust:

"A few days ago we passed the gate of Auschwitz with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the President of the Greek Parliament Mr. Nikos Voutsis and thousands of participants commemorating the 6.000.000 Jews victims of the Holocaust, including 65.000 Greek Jews. In awe and sadness.    

The "Arbeit macht frei" inscription at the gate of the Auschwitz -which means "Work makes you free”- that welcomed the Jews who were led to a horrible death at the crematoria, is still there ...

The use of this inscription within a political controversy and a journalistic comment is unacceptable because it downgrades, minimizes and trivializes a symbol of horror and Nazi barbarism. In Auschwitz every trace of humanity was lost and inhumanity and harrowing death prevailed. Millions of people were killed there because they were either Jews or “different”.

As the quotation of the inscription referred to the Leader of the Opposition Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece feels the moral duty to stress that Evagelia Georgiadou, member of the Mitsotakis’ family, was awarded by Yad Vashem with the title of the "Righteous among the Nations” for the rescue of Yvet-Eva Ventura, one of the few Jews of Chania who survived the Nazi rage. She is one of the 330 Greek Righteous who saved their Jewish compatriots".     

Athens, May 13th, 2019

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 

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