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IN FADING RITUAL, WWII RESCUER REUNITES WITH JEWS SHE SAVED Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 November 2019 10:36
Aron Heller

One by one, the 40 descendants of a group of Israeli siblings leaned down and hugged the elderly Greek woman to whom they owe their very existence, as she sat in her wheelchair and wiped away tears streaking down her wrinkled face. Clutching the hands of those she hid, fed and protected as a teenager more than 75 years ago, 92-year-old Melpomeni Dina said she could now "die quietly." 

Sunday's emotional encounter was the first time Dina had met the offspring of the Mordechai family she helped save during the Holocaust. Once a regular ritual at Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, such gatherings are rapidly dwindling due to the advanced ages of both survivors and rescuers and may not happen again. The soon-to-be-extinct reunion is the latest reminder for Holocaust commemorators preparing for a post-survivor world. "The risk they took upon themselves to take in an entire family knowing that it put them and everyone around them in danger," said Sarah Yanai, today 86, who was the oldest of the five siblings Dina and others sheltered. "Look at all these around us. We are now a very large and happy family and it is all thanks to them saving us." 

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VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL TO GREECE Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 October 2019 12:17
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, Mr. Israel Katz, pays an official visit to Greece from October 30th to November 1st, 2019.

The Israeli Foreign Minister will meet during his short visit with his Greek counterpart, Mr. Nikos Dendias, and will be received by the Prime Minister, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos.

The visit of Mr. Katz to Athens at a time when deliberations are being held in Israel for the formation of a new government after elections is a sign of the importance Israel attributes to Israeli-Greek relations and maintaining their momentum.  The two countries attach the highest importance to ongoing exchanges on regional and global developments.


SOURCE: PRESS RELEASE OF THE EMBASSY OF ISRAEL, 30.10.2019

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AJC CONGRATULATES ARCHBISHOP ELPIDOPHOROS, NEW LEADER OF AMERICAN GREEK ORTHODOXY Print E-mail
Friday, 16 August 2019 11:26
 

AJC offers its warmest wishes to His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, who begins his tenure as leader of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the religious fountainhead of America’s Greek Orthodox faithful and the spiritual inspiration for Greek Americans. The Enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros was celebrated on Saturday at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York.

“AJC and the Jewish people join with the Hellenic-American community in celebrating this auspicious moment in the Archdiocese of America’s history,” AJC CEO David Harris said. “We look forward to working with Archbishop Elpidophoros to continue and build upon the decades-long special relationship that AJC and the Archdiocese have shared.”

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GREECE PARTICIPATED AS THE GUEST OF HONOR AT THE “MARCH OF THE LIVING” 2019 Print E-mail
Monday, 20 May 2019 08:24

Greece was this year's guest of honor at the international educational programme of the "March of the Living", organized every year, since 1988, in Memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The March of the Living started on the 2.5.2019 at the central camp of Auschwitz and ended at Birkenau, where millions of people have been exterminated, being victims of Nazi atrocities. Thousands of people from, not less than fifty seven different countries, including the Hellenic Parliamentary Delegation, have walked the distance of these almost three kilometers that separate the two camps, were the victims languished Nazi ferociousness.

Mr. Nikos Voutsis, President of the Hellenic Parliament, Mr. David Saltiel, President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), Mr. Samuel Makis Matsas, President of the Jewish Museum of Greece, Mr. Gabriel Negrin, Rabbi of Athens, Dr. Efstathios Lianos Liantis, Special Secretary for Religious and Cultural Diplomacy, Special Envoy on Combating Antisemitism and Preserving Holocaust Remembrance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Head of the Greek Delegation to the IHRA, Mr. Marcel Solomon, President of the Jewish Community of Volos, were the participating members of the Greek  delegation. The Ecumenical Patriarch, His All Holiness Mr. Bartholomew was leading the "March of the Living" together with Mr. Voutsis. They were accompanied by the Vice-speakers of the Parliament, Messrs. George Varemenos, Anastasia Christodoulopoulou and Marios Georgiades, by Members of the Parliament, by the Chairman of the Town Council of Thessaloniki Mr. Shimon Ben Sasson, the Vice mayor of Thessaloniki, Mrs. Anna Angelidou, by the Director of the Office of the World Jewish Congress in Geneva, Mr. Leon Shaltiel, by the Director of the Charity Organization AGAPE, Mr. Manolis Toufexis and by a delegation of the Greek Jewish Youth.

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GREEK MINISTER NIKOS PAPPAS PRESENTS BOOK ON GREEK HOLOCAUST IN YAD VASHEM Print E-mail
Friday, 21 December 2018 13:50

The book presentation of the album “Auschwitz – Greeks,  Number Condemned to Death” by George Pilichos, (ed. Hellenic Post, 2018) was held in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, on December 19, 2018, in the presence of the Greek Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media Nikos Pappas and the Chairman of Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev who addressed the highly attended event. The author, history researcher George Pilichos, the First Vice President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Benjamin Albalas, as well as Moshe Ha-Elion, Holocaust survivor of Greek origins and member of the Board of Yad Vashem, attended the event.

Minister Pappas introduced the book by saying: “Today I humbly deliver to you the Greek part of the Holocaust history, a book that presents the history of the extermination of the Greek citizens, Jewish in their overwhelming majority, in the concentration camps” and concluded with the “obligation of the society not to forget in order not to built up a crooked future”.

The book “Auschwitz – Greeks,  Number Condemned to Death”, an exhaustive and well documented research on the Holocaust of the Greek Jews, was previously presented in Athens, on May 16, 2018, by the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, along with the presentation of a commemorative set of stamps, also issued by the Hellenic Post, dedicated to the Holocaust of the Greek Jews.

 
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