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PARTICIPATION OF MUNICIPALITIES & JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF GREECE IN THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE COMMEMORATION OF THE “NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS" 2021 Print E-mail
Friday, 12 November 2021 11:22
   
   
 
   

This year marks 83 years since the "Night of Broken Glass", a series of pogroms against the Jewish population launched by the Nazis on November 9th, 1938 in Germany and its annexed territories. On the occasion of this commemoration, the International March of the Living organized, for the second consecutive year, the #LetThereBeLight campaign which spreads a universal message against racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance.

The campaign included a central online event with testimonials from survivors, celebrities and music (see video HERE) as well as an open streaming platform on which thousands of people from around the world posted their personal messages. On the night of November 9, 2021, these messages were displayed on the walls of the old city of Jerusalem, creating a venerating and imposing atmosphere.

At the same time, prayer houses, Synagogues and public buildings around the world were illuminated and displayed their own promise that light would prevail, on their walls in a spectacular way. Greece’s dynamic presence to this year's campaign manifested itself in dozens of messages posted on the platform.

The message of the General Secretary of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), Mr. Victor Isaak Eliezer emphasizes that "Anti-Semitism must not be tolerated. Let the light of knowledge educate the next generations. Let the light of human rights guide our society. Our determination never to forget the tragic consequences of the Holocaust will be the light that will prevail over the darkness brought about by racism and bigotry" and of the EMOTL President, Mr. Benjamin Albalas, stating: “The “Night of Broken Glass” constitutes the beginning of the great destruction of Greek Jewry. States, governments and the whole world must understand that early symptoms always indicate a dangerous disease. The “Night of Broken Glass” was the early and serious symptoms of the Nazis’ mad ideology that led to the death of six million European Jews".

The Municipalities of Thessaloniki and Ioannina illuminated their respective City Halls and projected on them a bright message of hope and unity against darkness. The Jewish Communities of Athens, Thessaloniki, Ioannina and Volos participated in the campaign with the illumination of their Synagogues and offices. In Thessaloniki, on the night of November 9th, 2021, from 19:00 to 24:00, the City Hall was illuminated and a video dedicated to the "Night of Broken Glass" was shown on the facade of the building, as well as the messages of the Mayor of Thessaloniki Mr. Konstandinos Zervas and the President of KIS and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki Mr. David Saltiel.

The message of the Mayor of Thessaloniki stated: "The Municipality of Thessaloniki is participating in the #LetThereBeLight global initiative of the International March of the Living organization, honoring the Memory of all the victims of the Nazis and especially of the 50,000 innocent Jews of Thessaloniki, 20% of the population of our city in 1943, who were deported and killed in the Nazi Camps during the Holocaust. We do not forget. On the occasion of the 83rd anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass, we reaffirm our unwavering faith in the fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred".

The message of the President of KIS & Jewish Community of Thessaloniki stated: "The sad anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass reminds us that we must always remain vigilant against intolerance, racism, anti-Semitism, while fighting oblivion and the deliberate perversion of the Holocaust".

In Ioannina, the City Hall was illuminated and the messages of hope and unity were displayed οn the building, emphasizing: "Ioannina "illuminates" the road against hatred and fanaticism. Against silence, the city opposes knowledge. In the face of darkness, it opposes light. In the face of intolerance, it opposes solidarity. In the face of barbarism, it opposes life.”

 

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