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2022 REMEMBRANCE MARCH IN THESSALONIKI HEADED BY GREEK PRESIDENT SAKELLAROPOULOU AND EC VICE PRESIDENT SCHINAS Print E-mail
Monday, 21 March 2022 11:00
Officials, including President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Israeli Ambassador Yossi Amrani, participated in a march commemorating the victims of the Holocaust in Thessaloniki on Sunday, March 20, 2022.

 

“It is only if we transmit the historical knowledge to the next generation, if we preserve the memory, if we all have the empathy feel the pain and the anguish of the victims as it were our own, if we understand that the Holocaust is part of an international historical heritage, that can we arm ourselves against the march of evil,” said Sakellaropoulou. 

 

“It is unacceptable to call Nazis those who are defending the independence of their homeland,” said Schinas in a statement uploaded to social media, alluding to the Russian invasion of Ukraine that is being conducted on the pretense of “denazification.”

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HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2022: GREECE REMEMBERS… EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES Print E-mail
Monday, 31 January 2022 14:38
The entire Greek State, Greek Jewry and society paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust on January 27, 2022, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, stating their determination to combat anti-Semitism and any form of racism, as well as their commitment to the preservation of Memory.

Messages were posted by the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Education, political parties, as well as mayors throughout Greece. Messages were also issued by the Greek Presidency of IHRA, the Embassy of Israel to Greece and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece.
The Hellenic Parliament and the City Hall of Athens were illuminated on January 26th and 27th 2022 participating in the international We Remember remembrance campaign, conveying an important message of information and awareness of society. In addition
, the Hellenic Parliament observed a minute of silence as a tribute to the memory of the Holocaust victims. Speeches on the significance of the day were delivered the Parliament’s Vice President Nikitas Kaklamanis and representatives of the political parties.

The Greek Ministry of Education, with a circular letter to all schools of Greece, suggested a 2hour program dedicated to educational activities on the theme of the Holocaust to be conducted January 27. The Jewish Museum of Greece distributed educational material to schools and educators around Greece and promoted digital exhibitions and international initiatives related to the preservation of Holocaust memory.

Although EU Vice-President Margaritis Schinas participated in many online European actions, he chose to send his message from Greece and participated by physically attending the event of the Jewish Community of Athens on January 27, 2022, and was the keynote speaker at the event in Thessaloniki on January 30, 2022.

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MESSAGE OF THE GREEK PRESIDENCY OF THE IHRA FOR HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2021 Print E-mail
Friday, 28 January 2022 08:10
Honouring, Rethinking, Acting.

Today, we commemorate the victims and survivors of the hatred that was the driving force of a totalitarian, criminal regime and its collaborators. Absolute responsibility and duty of all of us, who choose to be called heirs of humanitarian and democratic values, is to honour the victims and survivors, to reflect upon their legacy and to act with this in mind.

Today, we commemorate the Jews, as well as the other victims of the Nazi Regime who suffered and died cruelly, inhumanly, all of them victims of an absurd, unthinkable, targeted hatred. We commemorate six million Jews of all ages, six million innocent people, who had committed no crime. Today, it is also an opportunity to remember the survivors, who have never ceased to remember, for the rest of their lives, the terror and the extreme violence they experienced.

Our remembrance is an elementary imperative. Equally elementary is our duty to reflect and rethink about the conditions under which the unthinkable happened. So that we will never have to admit again that “I was first seeing the dead and then the murder occurred”, as the Greek Nobel laureate poet, Odysseus Elytis, cautions. 

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THE HELLENIC PARLIAMENT ILLUMINATED FOR THE WE REMEMBER CAMPAIGN ON HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2022 Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 January 2022 19:38

 On the 27th of January 2022, the Hellenic Parliament participated in the international campaign #WeRemember of the WJC, by displaying on the facade of the Parliament’s building a message for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In this symbolic way, the Hellenic Parliament stated its clear stance against anti-Semitism, as well as its commitment to preserve the Memory of the Holocaust victims, as a universal message against intolerance and antisemitism. In 2004 the Hellenic Parliament legislated, with a unanimous vote, the «National Remembrance Day for the Greek Jews Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust».

The illumination of the building was made possible thanks to the decision taken by the President of the Parliament, Mr. Konstantinos Tasoulas, and the coordinated actions of his office and the technical department of the Parliament. 

The graphic design that was projected on the Parliament -apart from the We Remember logo- was illustrated with characteristic symbols of the Holocaust, such as the barbed wire, a hand tattooed with the inmate’s camp number, and the Star of David with which 6.000.000 Jews –amongst whom 67.000 Greek Jews- were singled out, marked, deported, tortured by the Nazis and their collaborators, and ultimately were brutally murdered in the German concentration and extermination camps.

 
MESSAGE BY THE GREEK PM MITSOTAKIS FOR THE HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY 2022 Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 January 2022 19:28

The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis posted on his facebook account the following message for the Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022:

“We do not forget our compatriots and all the Jews who perished in Auschwitz and the camps of horror.
Let the International Holocaust Remembrance Day be a beacon on the way of our everyday action against racism and antisemitism”.

 
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