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TRIKALA. A Greek Town Commemorates its Holocaust History Print E-mail
Friday, 11 January 2019 08:43

 By Margarita Gokun Silver*, TABLET, January 10, 2019

‘We keep our memories alive,’ said the mayor of Trikala, where a new memorial was recently unveiled

On the morning of Nov. 11, 2018, a crowd of almost 200 people gathered in the center of Trikala, a Greek city located some 300 kilometers north of Athens. Conversing mainly in Greek, but also in Hebrew, English, Italian, and German, they were waiting at one of the main entrances to the old Jewish quarter to participate in the unveiling of Trikala’s Holocaust Memorial. Erected to commemorate the city’s 139 Jewish victims, the memorial is a joint initiative of the Trikala government and the city’s Jewish community.

“It was an obligation to our citizens, to the Jewish Community, to the memory,” Dimitris Papastergiou, the mayor of Trikala, told me via email. The idea first surfaced in his conversation with Victor Venouziou, a native of Larissa who was raised as part of Trikala’s Jewish community and survived the Holocaust because the villagers of Amarantos—50 kilometers away, it was called Mastroyianni in the 1940s—hid him and his family. Last year Venouziou financed a monument in Amarantos to thank them. “Within five minutes we agreed that the city and the Municipality of Trikala also had to erect their own monument,” Papastergiou said.

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THIS GREEK SCHOOL HAS A NOVEL SOLUTION TO PROBLEM FACED BY MANY SMALL JEWISH COMMUNITIES Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 January 2019 13:32

JTA, 7.1.2019: AthensIn a small, nondescript classroom in Greece’s capital city, 10 Jewish eighth-graders study a biblical text about Jacob and Esau under the guidance of Rivkah Carl, a Jewish teacher from Teaneck, New Jersey.

The students chatter loudly in Greek among themselves, though the language of instruction is English. In an adjacent classroom, nine kids — each wearing headphones and sitting in front of computer monitors — listen as their Israeli instructor teaches them Hebrew.

But this is no Jewish school. In Athens’ dwindling Jewish community, now at about 3,000 members, there simply aren’t enough children to support a Jewish middle or high school.

So community leaders came up with a unique solution: a special Jewish track at the prestigious American College of Greece, a private school founded by Christian missionaries in 1875 with a middle school and high school division called the Pierce School.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE EXPLOSION AT THE ST.DIONYSIUS CHURCH IN ATHENS Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 December 2018 14:59
During these festive days that the spirit of love is transmitted throughout Greece, the followers of hatred made their presence felt with an explosive device that endangered the lives of ordinary people entering the church of St. Dionysius, in the city center of Athens.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece unequivocally condemns this hideous attack and it expresses the feelings of the Greek Jews in wishing to the injured a speedy and full recovery and that they return to their families the soonest.

We must not allow intolerance, fanaticism and terrorism to become part of our everyday life, spreading fear and targeting even the sacred houses of prayer. We all have to work together in order to safeguard the human values of love, solidarity and respect, from those who seek to enforce the terror of hatred and violence.

Athens, December 27, 2018

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
WJC DENOUNCES VANDALISM OF GREECE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL, FOR FOURTH TIME THIS YEAR Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 13:31
WJC, NEW YORK 17.12.2018: The World Jewish Congress stands with our affiliated community, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, in strongly condemning the desecration of the Holocaust Monument in Thessaloniki over the weekend, for the fourth time this year.

“The World Jewish Congress unequivocally condemns the shameful and repeated desecration of the Holocaust monument in Thessaloniki,” said WJC CEO and Executive Vice President Robert Singer. “It is alarming and disgraceful that a monument honoring the memory of Jews who perished in the Holocaust should become a routine target for those espousing vile expressions of hatred and antisemitism.”

“We are extremely concerned by the steady rise of antisemitic vandalism facing the Jewish community in Greece and elsewhere in Europe. This desecration, as well as the vandalization of cemeteries in Poland and in France in the past week alone, should ring alarm bells for anyone who believes that these incidents are isolated and passing.

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NEW HISTORICAL MUSEUM AT IOANNINA Print E-mail
Monday, 26 November 2018 12:52
The Historical Museum of Ioannina Ch. Nikolaou is housed in the listed mansion located at Neoptolemou Str. 9 opposite the main gate of the castle and was erected in 1900.

Its collections are the result of a multi-year study, research and search for historical objects with high technical aesthetic and semantic characteristics.

It focuses mainly on evidence from the city of Ioannina and the wider Greek area during the late Ottoman period in order to bring the public in direct contact with the aesthetics of the multicultural, multilingual and multireligious character of the time.

The exhibits highlight individual differences between religious communities as well as the development of a pandemic style in various aspects of craft and artistic creation.

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