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HOLOCAUST
Message from the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Mrs. Niki Kerameus, for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, 27/1/2021 Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 January 2021 10:12
“Ten transports arrived daily. There were not enough workers to carry the luggage, so it was piled in mountainous heaps and remained there at the station for days.

An extra shift of Sonderkommandos was added. Still it was not enough. At least 400 Greeks from Corfu and Athens transport were ordered in the Sonderkommando. Now, something truly unusual happened. These 400 demonstrated that in spite of the barbed wire and the lash, they were not slaves but human beings. With rare dignity, the Greeks refused to kill the Hungarians! They declared that they preferred to die themselves first. The Germans saw to that. But what a demonstration of courage and character these Greek peasants had given. A pity the world does not know more about them!”

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ILLUMINATION OF THE WHITE TOWER IN THESSALONIKI FOR THE NATIONAL REMEMBRANCE DAY OF THE GREEK JEWS MARTYRS AND HEROES OF THE HOLOCAUST Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 January 2021 11:08

THESSALONIKH, January 27, 2021.- Today the White Tower, wears the yellow star exactly like the 50.000 Jews of Thessaloniki, the 67.000 Greek Jews and the 6.000.000 Jews of Europe, 78 years ago. The White Tower bears the piece of cloth that became the stigma that would lead millions of innocents to be deported and exterminated during the Holocaust.

The city of Thessaloniki remembers and mourns for the loss of 20% of the city’s population. A dynamic and vibrant part of the society that was wiped out, as hatred and inhumanity prevailed. 

The yellow star on the White Tower, the landmark of Thessaloniki, is a promise by the city to turn the pain of the loss into one strong, unwavering, united, clear voice for  freedom, respect, solidarity, justice….  against those few, who still strive to see racism and hatred rise again. 

With this symbolic activity, the city of Thessaloniki and the Jewish Communtiy also joined the WJC #WeRemember campaign. 

The illumination event will be streamed today January 27, 2021 at 17:00 CET 

WATCH ON www.jcthessaloniki.gr  & WATCH ON YOUTUBE

 
VIDEO MESSAGE BY KIS PRESIDENT DAVID SALTIEL ON HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2021 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 08:50
In his video message, dedicated to the Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece David Saltiel referred to the story of Esther Cohen, Holocaust survivor who passed away last December. The story summarizes not only the barbarity with which the genocide of 6 million Jews was committed by the Nazis, but also important aspects of the Holocaust history, along with worthy messages for the responsibility towards Memory, the need of education and social awareness.
Watch the video here (English subtitles).

 
MESSAGE OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GREEK DELEGATION TO IHRA FOR HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2021 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 07:59
Video message of Dr Efstathios C. Lianos Liantis, Chairman of the Greek Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) & Special Envoy on Combating Antisemitism and Preserving Holocaust Remembrance / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Watch the video here.

 
ESTHER COHEN, OLDEST GREEK AUSCHWITZ SURVIVOR PASSES AWAY Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 December 2020 12:11

By Patricia Claus, "The Greek Reporter" December 1, 2020:

Esther Cohen, the oldest Greek survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, who became known as a “living testimony” of the Holocaust, passed away on Tuesday December 1, 2020, at the age of 96.

The Ioannina-born Jewish woman, who had had her official camp number tattooed on her left arm, said in interviews that the number had also been tattooed “on her soul” as well. Along with so many other Jews, from Ioannina, Thessaloniki and elsewhere in Greece, Esther was rounded up on March 25, 1944. All the Jewish people living in the city were ordered by Greece’s German occupiers to report to Ioannina’s Mavili Square — and the vast majority would never see their beloved city again. She was somehow able to stay together with her entire family, including her six siblings, all the way to the gates of the concentration camp — but after that point she was never to set eyes on them again, except for one of her sisters.

Returning to Ioannina after the war, along with only approximately fifty other members of its original Greek community, she again made her home in the city. In March of 2014, she made headlines when she met with former German President Joachim Gauck in her city. She told him at that time, “When we die, the world must know that man must not be inhuman.” The German president then embraced her.

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