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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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LETTER OF SOLIDARITY FROM KIS to the JEWISH COMMUNITY OF UKRAINE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 March 2022 11:34
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece addressed, on March 1st 2022, the following letter to the President of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine Mr. Boris Lozhkin and the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine and Treasurer of the EJC Executive Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich expressing the solidarity of the Greek Jewry to the Jews of Ukraine regarding the attack of Russia on Ukraine.

“Dear Mr. President,

Dear Chief Rabbi,

Our Board and the Greek Jewry as a whole, are closely monitoring the tragedy and the hardships that the Ukrainian people and the Jewish Community have been suffering since the military attack of Russia against Ukraine.

We are shocked by the horrific scenes of war in Ukrainian cities. Our concerns, prayers and thoughts are with you as leaders and with our brothers and sisters of the Jewish Community of Ukraine. During difficult times like these, we may be disheartened in realizing how little the world has learned from the devastation of past wars and atrocities, yet we grow stronger, more determinate and more motivated to continue our work for peace and welfare, against injustice and oppression of human rights.

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OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE ISRAELI PRESIDENT HERZOG IN ATHENS. MEETINGS WITH GREEK POLITICAL LEADERS AND THE GREEK JEWISH LEADERSHIP Print E-mail
Friday, 25 February 2022 12:05

The leadership of the Greek Jewish Community and representatives of the Greek Jewish Youth had the opportunity to meet the President of the State of Israel Isaac Herzog at a special event held on the side of his official visit to Greece, on February 24, 2022.

The Israeli President, accompanied by the Israeli ambassador to Greece Mr. Yossi Amrani, was welcomed by KIS President David Saltiel, who briefed him on the key issues and the ongoing projects of the Greek Jewish Community. The Israeli President Herzog in his address referred to the thriving relations between Greece and Israel and the important role of the Jews of Greece as a determining link of this relation. There followed an open discussion focused on international, Israeli and Greek Jewish issues.

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CEREMONY FOR THE UNVEILING OF THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL IN XANTHI Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 February 2022 14:42

Memories of the presence of the Jews in Xanthi came alive on Sunday 20.2.2022 with the unveiling of the local Holocaust Memorial. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece with the cooperation of the Municipality and the Cultural and Development Center of Thrace (PAKETHRA) organized an event for the unveiling of the Holocaust Memorial, within the framework of the Greek Presidency of the IHRA, in memory of the 526 Xanthi Jews who were exterminated in the Holocaust.

At the base of the Monument, which was symbolically placed in Eleftherias Square in Xanthi, 526 pebbles were placed, as many as the Jews of Xanthi who were exterminated by the Nazis, as well as parts of two railway rails that symbolize their route to the concentration camp in Treblinka.

The unveiling ceremony was attended by Ministers, MPs, a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives of the religious authorities, the local government, Army, Fire Brigade, the Police, the Democritus University of Thrace, mayors, representatives of Jewish communities and organizations, as well as many people.

Before the ceremony, the officials visited the Jewish cemetery of Xanthi, where a memorial service was held by Rabbi of Thessaloniki Aaron Israel and then the Mayor of Xanthi Emmanuel Tsepelis, welcomed the official guests to the Town Hall. They then walked together to Eleftherias Square where the event took place, which began with a memorial service by the Rabbi of Thessaloniki Aaron Israel.

This was followed by greetings of the Mayor of Xanthi, Emmanuel Tsepelis, the Regional Governor of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Christos Metios, the Ambassador of Israel Yossi Amrani, the President of the International Alliance for the Remembrance of the Holocaust, George Polydorakis, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities, David Saltiel and the Minister of Education, Niki Kerameos.

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STATEMENT OF THE GREEK MINISTER OF HEALTH THANOS PLEVRIS FOR JEWS, HOLOCAUST AND ANTISEMITISM Print E-mail
Monday, 14 February 2022 10:38
The Greek Minister of Health Thanos Plevris, in an interview on the sanitary measures for the covid pandemic, which was published in the newspaper “Eleftheros Typos” (Synday’s edition of February 13th, 2022), responded also to the following question regarding his position on Holocaust denial, antisemitism and the Jewish community. Thanos Plevris had apologized for his statements of 2009 while acting as a defense lawyer of his father, the known Holocaust denier Kostas Plevris, during the latter’s trial for the antisemitic book “Jews – The whole truth”. This apology came in response to KIS’s announcement for the appointment of Thanos Plevris as  Minister, in September 2021.

[…] Finally, a personal question. Despite the fact that as a minister you have undertaken certain social initiatives, you have been accused of being an anti-Semite and a supporter of holocaust deniers, since you strongly supported your father's book. What do you have to say on this?

I know that many people believe that the answers I give on this issue are not sincere and are done with ulterior motives, linking me to the positions expressed by my father. I want to be clear in my answer. Indeed, I grew up in an environment with a strong anti-Semitic influence and participated in a party that had also expressed anti-Jewish positions, without reacting. Indeed, a few years ago, in defending my father as his advocate, I strongly opposed the Jewish leadership of the country and expressed views that offend not only the Jews, but also the quality of our Democracy. I was wrong. This acceptance is not a political position, it is a position of restoration of what is righteous.

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