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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI FOR THE VANDALISM OF THE MURALART ON HOLOCAUST Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 March 2021 13:55
THESSALONIKI, March 18, 2021.- The Jewish Community of Thessaloniki unequivocally condemns the vandalism of the recently created mural on Michael Kalou Street about the Jews of Thessaloniki and their extermination in the Nazi death camps. Τhe mural was created by the "Vardaris Neighborhood Team" of the Self-Help Promotion Program of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki under the direction of UrbanAct.

It is unfortunate that a few days after its completion strangers, who seem to be bothered by the willingness of the city to remember even the darkest pages of its history, vandalized a work that received flattering comments both for its aesthetics and for the powerful message that it conveys on the need to preserve the memory and constantly remind the events of the Holocaust.

Racism and anti-Semitism remain a serious problem and an open wound for our society. It is obvious that we must always remain vigilant in order to fight -through the use of historical facts and education- any attempt to revive the ideologies that gave birth to the Holocaust, the nadir of humanity.

JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI

Related:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs announcement on damage to a mural on the Jewish Holocaust in Thessaloniki (18 March 2021)

Foreign ministry, Jewish Community of Thessaloniki condemn vandalism of city's public mural, AMNA, March 18, 2021


 

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE DESECRATION OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT IN DRAMA Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 January 2021 13:05
The Holocaust monument of Drama was vandalized on the night of the 28th to the 29th of December 2020, with graffiti made by fanatic vandals who sprayed religious symbols on the upper façade of the monument and broke a part of its marble base.

Similar graffiti was also sprayed at the nearby tobacco warehouse of Drama where, on March 3, 1943, the Bulgarian occupying forces arrested and imprisoned the Jews of the city before deporting them to the Nazi extermination camps.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), in its letter addressed to the Police Department of Drama, called for the arrest of the perpetrators, while in another letter addressed to the Municipality of Drama, KIS asked for the restoration of the damages caused to the Monument and the condemnation of the vandalism which offends the city's history and culture.

The Greek Jewry with repulsion and sorrow strongly condemns the continuation of anti-Semitic attacks that derive from any kind of fanaticism and encourage intolerance.

We wish the New Year to be a year of peace and prosperity, in which such phenomena will permanently and irrevocably stop.

Athens, December 30, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 

Relevant:
VANDALISM OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT OF DRAMA – REACTIONS AND RESTORATION

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE VANDALISM OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT AND THE SYNAGOGUE OF LARISA Print E-mail
Friday, 04 December 2020 14:48

Religious fanaticism and bigotry emanate from the new desecration attacks against Jewish sacred sites in Larissa that occurred on December 3rd, 2020. The vandals used religious symbols to leave the mark of their anti-Semitic hatred on the exterior surrounding wall of the Synagogue of Larissa and the city’s Holocaust Monument, as a statement of contempt towards the sanctity of the sites and devastation of the memory of the Holocaust victims.

The Greek Jewry strongly condemns these hideous attacks. We urge the competent authorities to trace down the perpetrators, arrest them and bring them to justice.

We quote the Vice President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas who just a couple of days ago stated: “Europe stands firm against all forms of anti-Semitism. Jewish life is and always will be part of European societies and our way of life…”

Zero tolerance to fanaticism, intolerance and anti-Semitism.

Athens, December 4th, 2020
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ATTACKS AGAINST JEWISH SITES – GRAFFITI AT THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT OF THESSALONIKI Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 October 2020 12:22
A hideous graffiti, that last Friday, October 16, 2020, defaced the Holocaust Monument of Thessaloniki, was added to the chain of desecrations, threats and vandalism that occurred last week in Greece: “Juden raus” graffiti at the Jewish Cemetery of Athens, “Death to Israel” at the Jewish Cemetery of Thessaloniki, four vandalized tombs at the Jewish Cemetery of Rhodes, and this most recent “With Jews you lose” graffiti, spray-painted on the façade of the Monument dedicated to the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki who were exterminated during the Holocaust.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece condemns this new wave of vandal attacks, launched by the followers of bigotry and fanaticism as a statement of their presence in a period when the Greek State, the society and recently the Greek Justice have condemned the neo-Nazi groups as criminal organizations. We are not afraid of them!

Tolerating the vandalism of cemeteries and monuments equals tolerating the vandalism of memory and civilization; it represents the toleration of anti-Semitism. We urge the law enforcement authorities to do their utmost to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to Justice. Let us not tolerate behaviors that aim at imposing obscurantism in our country.

Athens, October 19, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
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VANDALISM OF THE JEWISH CEMETERY OF RHODES Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 October 2020 12:17
Last week, four tombstones of the Jewish Cemetery of Rhodes were vandalized.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece sent a letter to the Minister of Citizen Protection, Michalis Chrysohoides, and called for the arrest of the perpetrators and the reinforcement of security measures on all Jewish institutions and monuments in Greece.

Athens, October 19, 2020

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

RELEVANT:

KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ATTACKS AGAINST JEWISH SITES – GRAFFITI AT THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT OF THESSALONIKI


 
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