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KIS COMMUNICATION WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN FOR THE RETURN OF THE JEWISH ARCHIVES FROM MOSCOW
Following the announcement with which KIS welcomed the news of the return from Moscow to Greece of the pre-War archives of the Greek Jewish Communities, KIS President David Saltiel and Secretary General Victor Eliezer, in their letter -dated December 15, 2021- to Russian President Putin, express the satisfaction of the Greek Jewry upon Russia’s decision which is important to the Greek Jewish Community.

On behalf of the Russian side, the Cultural Attaché of the Russian Embassy to Greece, Th. Kalaidov, contacted KIS President on January 2nd, 2022, and conveyed President Putin’s assent to KIS’s views as presented in the letter which we publish here under in English translation:

Honourable President Putin,

On behalf of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, which is the umbrella organization and the coordination body of the Jews of Greece, we wish to express our all hearted thankfulness for your decision to return to Greece the pre-War Archives of the Greek Jewish Communities that were looted by the Nazis during the German occupation of our country and were transported to Moscow by the Red Army after the takeover of Berlin in May 1945.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE RETURN OF THE JEWISH ARCHIVES FROM MOSCOW

Our history returns home!

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Greek Jews with immense emotion welcome the decision of the Russian President Putin that Russia returns the pre-War archives of the Greek Jewish Communities, and especially the archive of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki which was looted in July 11, 1942, by the Nazis who plundered archives, books and religious artifacts from 30 Synagogues, libraries and communal institutions in Thessaloniki.  In the aftermath of the takeover of Berlin by the soviet army, in May 1945, those archives were transferred to Moscow.

A long-term challenging struggle conducted by the Greek diplomacy and the Greek Jewry seems to come to an end thanks to the targeted actions of the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. It is an achievement of vital significance to our country’s history. We express our thankfulness to the Greek Prime Minister and all those who have worked and continue working for the realization of the return of the pre-War Jewish archives to our country.

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RUSSIA TO GIVE JEWISH HOLOCAUST ARCHIVES BACK TO GREECE

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday December 8th, 2021 that Russia will hand over to Greece the Jewish Holocaust archives that were moved to Moscow after the end of World War II.

The announcement was made during a joint press conference with visiting PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Mitsotakis thanked Putin for the interest he showed in the archives of the Jewish communities which will eventually return to Greece after almost eight decades.

The largest part of the archives relates to the once-thriving Jewish community in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city.

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INAUGURATION OF THE "DIVIDED MEMORIES 1940-1950. BETWEEN HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE" DIGITAL EXHIBITION IN COLOGNE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 November 2021 10:21

On Monday, November 15, 2021, the opening of the "Divided Memories 1940-1950. Between History and Experience" digital exhibition took place, which had originally been presented at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki between December 2016 and April 2017. The contributors of the exhibition are the Goethe-Institute of Thessaloniki, the MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art, the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki and the Documentation Centre for National Socialism of the City of Cologne.

During the inauguration of the digital version of the exhibition, Dr. Annemone Christians-Bernsee, the executive director of the Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne, greeted the guests, followed by greetings by the Mayors of Cologne Henriette Reker and of Thessaloniki, Konstantinos Zervas, the director of the Goethe Institute of Thessaloniki, Beate Köhler, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece & President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki David Saltiel and the Chairman of the BoD of the Metropolitan Organization of Museums of Visual Arts of Thessaloniki (MOMus), Andreas Takis.

The exhibition was introduced by the curator and former artistic director of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Dennis Zacharopoulos. The exhibition sheds light on the 1940-1950 decade and highlights the interest that arises through the personal experiences of artists and intellectuals: artistic works, narratives and testimonies, documents, literary pieces, poetic and historical texts of this historic decade that transform the pain, despair and hardships, evoke creative and existential deadlocks, contradictions and hope, reconstructing the official History.

It also examines the presence of the Jewish population of Thessaloniki as early as the 1930s, presents new evidence of the developments in Thessaloniki during the German occupation, the chronicle of the deportation of the Jews of Thessaloniki to the death camps, as well as photographs of survivors and interviews with Jews of Thessaloniki born after 1941.

The section on the Jewish community is also articulated in two parts. The first focuses on the social and political problems faced by the community and the second follows the process by which the occupation authorities brought under control, economically destroyed and then deported the Jewish population to Auschwitz.

The exhibition is implemented with the financial support of the Greek-German Fund for the Future, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany.

See HERE the exhibition website where a virtual tour is available

Watch HERE a video from the opening of the exhibition (greetings: 8.40' Mayor of Thessaloniki & 11.02' President of KIS)

*Data from www.elculture.gr website, 13.11.2021

 

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