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Wednesday, 02 November 2022 14:43

On November 1st, 2022, holocaust survivor Moshe Aelion passed away in Israel at age 97.

Regarding the death of Moshe Aelion the Central Board of Jewish communities in Greece issued the following Resolution:


"The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece met online today, Tuesday, November 1, 2022, as soon as it was informed of the sad news of the death of



survivor of Auschwitz, who after the war, developed a rich activity by recording, publishing and narrating his experiences, always fighting against oblivion and the denial of the Holocaust, with a view to educate future generations.


Born in Thessaloniki in 1925, Moshe Aelion (Auschwitz prisoner tattoo number 114923) experienced the suffering of the war and was deported to Auschwitz concentration camp, where his family members were exterminated and then sent to a death march to Mauthausen camp and then to Melk camp for forced labour. After the defeat of the Germans, Moshe Aelion ended up in the Ebensee camp. Upon liberation, he was transferred to Italy and then emigrated to Palestine.


In Israel, Aelion had a long military career which he completed with the rank of colonel. As a pensioner, he realized his dream and studied. He earned a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in humanities at Tel Aviv University. For 15 years he was president of the "Association of Survivors of Concentration Camps of Greek Origin Living in Israel" and for more than ten years he was a member of the board of the Yad Vashem Memorial Foundation in Jerusalem.

Moshe Aelion published his autobiography and poems, and in 2015 the Odyssey was published in Spanish-Hebrew, in his own translation from ancient Greek.


Aelion travelled in 2013 and 2018 from Israel to his hometown Thessaloniki, in order to participate in the first march of remembrance (2013) for the 50,000 Greek Jews from Thessaloniki, Jews by religion, who were killed in the concentration camps, and to shout with everyone "NEVER AGAIN!"


After expressing its sorrow for the loss of Moshe Aelion, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece




1.     To express their sincere condolences to his family and to submit this Resolution.

2.     To set aside a sum for charitable causes in his memory.

3.     That this resolution be published in the Jewish press.

Athens, November 1st, 2022

The President
The Secretary General



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