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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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IHRA EVENTS IN TRIKALA 9-11 November 2018 - UNVEILING of the HOLOCAUST MONUMENT Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 13:42
The city of Trikala honored its 139 citizens of Jewish faith, perished in the Nazi concentration camps by unveiling a tear-shaped Holocaust Memorial, in a ceremony which has been attended by Holocaust survivors, IHRA diplomatic representatives, and Jews from all over Greece. The three-day celebration in Memory of the Holocaust, from the 9th to the 11th of November 2018, reached its highest point at the unveiling ceremony of an outstandingly carved symbolic monument. At the entrance of the old Jewish quarter of Trikala, at the pedestrian walkway on Ploutonos street, a tear formed by railways with an olive tree in the center, reminds the long deportation journey that Jews from Trikala and other Greek cities had to take aboard the "death trains" on their way to the extermination camps. Only a few of them survived, like 97 year old Naki Bega, an Auschwitz survivor, and Victor Venouziou, a hidden child, who honored the ceremony with their presence. A marble column lies close to the Monument and an inscription in three languages - Greek, Hebrew and English - reminds the city about the character of this Memorial and the duty of the society.

The events have been a point of reference, not only in Greece but in several foreign countries, as well. These were co-organized by the Italian Embassy, on the occasion of this year’s Italian chairmanship of IHRA (the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance), the Municipality of Trikala, the Greek delegation to IHRA, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Jewish Museum of Greece, with the cooperation and support of the Jewish Communities of Thessaloniki and Trikala, the Italian School of Athens and the Tsitsanis Museum. Ambassadors and representatives of 14 countries were also present: Italy, the Czech Republic, Luxemburg, Israel, Switzerland, Federal Republic of Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Portugal, Hungary, Poland,Romania, Uruguay and the United States of America.

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE DEADLY ANTISEMITIC ATTACK AGAINST THE SYNAGOGUE OF PITTSBURGH Print E-mail
Monday, 29 October 2018 12:29
All Jews of Greece feel devasted by the news of the deadly, purely antisemitic, attack against the ‘Tree of Life’ Synagogue in Pittsburgh, USA.

This hideous attack, that costed the lives of 11 innocent people only because they were born Jewish, is yet another alarm signal showing how blind fanaticism has infiltrated societies and where racist hatred may lead. When in a law abiding state, hate rhetoric is tolerated by a society, without any reaction, then the road to physical violence in not long.

Condemnation of the crime is undoubtedly an expression of solidarity towards the relatives of the victims as well as a political stance of disapproval of the murderous act, nonetheless it is not effective at all in preventing the next crime. The sole fortification of security measures at Synagogues and Jewish institutions is not enough. A legislative context for the prevention of such crimes has now become a high priority need. Antisemitic rhetoric can no longer stay unpunished, mainly when it incites -directly or indirectly- to violence against the Jews.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) expresses the deepest condolences of the Greek Jewry to the families of the victims and all-heartedly joins the call of the international Jewish organizations for all necessary measures to be taken so that Jews feel safe and actually be safe as equal citizens in all countries of the world. The crime at the ‘Tree of Life’ Synagogue of Pittsburgh causes sorrow and outrage. It should also cause vigilance. The vigilance of all, authorities and citizens alike, so as not to mourn any more victims of intolerance, either Jewish or not.

Alongside with all the Synagogues of the world, KIS and the Jewish Communities in Greece, have organized memorial services for the victims in Pittsburgh that will take place in all Synagogues of Greece, next Saturday, the 3rd of November 2018.

Athens, October 29, 2018

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
VANDAL ATTACK AGAINST THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF TRIKALA Print E-mail
Friday, 12 October 2018 12:04
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the dismay of the entire Greek Jewry and strongly condemns the vandal attack that once more occurred against the Jewish cemetery of Trikala.

More specifically, followers of racism and antisemitism vandalized and destroyed eight tombs and tombstones -among which the two graves of the parents of the President of the Jewish Community of Trikala.

Following the lawsuit against persons unknown, pressed by the Jewish Community of Trikala, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece calls upon law enforcement authorities to take all necessary measures for the arrest of the perpetrators and the protection of the city’s Jewish cemetery, which -apart from its sacred nature- reflects the historic course of the Jewish presence in Trikala.

We believe that the municipal authorities together with the society of Trikala will not allow the followers of hatred to harm the harmonious coexistence of all the citizens of Trikala, regardless of skin color, race or religion.

Athens, October 12, 2018

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
KIS PRESIDENT AWARDED WITH THE SPANISH TITLE OF COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF ISABELLA THE CATHOLIC Print E-mail
Friday, 12 October 2018 08:51

On 4.10.2018 the President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and Vice- president of the World Jewish Congress, Mr. David Saltiel, was awarded with the title of Commander of the Order of Isabella the Catholic in a ceremony hosted by His Excellency the Ambassador of Spain in Athens, Mr. Enrique Viguera Rubio at the Byzantine Museum of Thessaloniki.

In the beginning of the ceremony, the Honorary Consul of Spain in Thessaloniki, Mr. Samuel Nahmias, welcomed the guests and the Counselor of the Embassy of Spain, Mr. Juan Saenz de Heredia, read out the Royal Decree.

The Ambassador of Spain in his address following the decoration of Mr. Saltiel, referred to the strong bonds between Spain and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki. He stressed particularly Mr. Saltiel’s contribution towards the preservation of the Sephardic culture and the Judeo-Spanish language.

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