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P.M. A. SAMARAS SAYS 'NEVER AGAIN' ON COMMEMORATION OF THESSALONIKI DEPORTATIONS Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 11:11
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras vowed to crack down on neo-Nazi groups in a landmark speech marking the 70th anniversary of the first deportations of Thessaloniki’s Jews to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
Samaras spoke Sunday at a memorial ceremony at the city’s Monastiriotes Synagogue, the first-ever visit by a sitting prime minister to a synagogue in Greece. [Watch the VIDEO of the P.M.'s speech HERE].
The Greek government will enact legislation that will be “completely intolerant to violence and racism,” Samaras said, noting that with neo-Nazi parties on the rise again in Europe, governments have to “be very careful not to let them gain ground as they did in the 1930s.”
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70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEPORTATION OF THE THESSALONIKI JEWS - WJC MESSAGE OF SOLIDARITY - RESOLUTION BY THE WJC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:19
World Jewish Congress leaders on Sunday March 17, 2013, sent a strong message of solidarity to the Jewish community of Greece as they gathered on Sunday in Thessaloniki to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the roundup and deportation of the Jews from this northern Greek city to the Nazi death camps.
In presence of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Holocaust survivors, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder urged Greece to take decisive action against the growing neo-Nazi movement Golden Dawn which he called “the new Nazis” and “a threat to democracy”. [Watch the VIDEO of R. Lauder's speech HERE].
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THE GREEK JEWRY AGAINST THE APPOINTMENT OF A “REVISIONIST” CONSULTANT AT THE INTERIOR MINISTRY Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 March 2013 07:31
-The Press Release of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece: 

The appointment of Ioannis Kotoulas at the Greek Interior Ministry, as a consultant, aroused public attention and reactions. As reported in the press, I. Kotoulas is an educator who has published a book on the Third Reich in which he praises Hitler.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, in a Press Release issued on March 12, 2013, asked for the immediate removal of the educator from office and the expressed the Greek Jewry’s outrage. As the Press Release states: 
 “What the ministerial adviser supports in his revisionist books about Hitler and the shameless justification he attempts to give for Hitler’s concentration camps, the aerial bombardment of Greek cities by the Luftwaffe and Nazi policy are an insult to the memories of the victims of the German occupation and the Holocaust.
At a moment when the struggle against neonazism is a fight for the very Democracy in Greece, the revisionists of Nazi atrocities and the Holocaust cannot have a place at the services of the Greek State”.

-The Press Release of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki:

Further tο the information that recently became public regarding the appointment of Mr. Ioannis Kotoulas as advisor to the Ministry of Interior on issues of citizenship, the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki condemns in the strongest possible manner the totality of the references in his book "The Rise of the Third Reich” according to which Nazism (National Socialism) is defined and presented as a “great revolution".
As a result of this "revolution" 50,000 innocents Greek Jews of Thessaloniki and 6,000,000 innocent Jews from all over Europe were murdered in gas chambers and crematoriums, in an inhuman manner, people who were targeted and incriminated solely because of their religion.
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TRIBUTE TO GREEK "RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS" Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 14:32
In a ceremony held at the Cultural Centre of the Jewish Community of Athens on 12th March 2013, the Israeli Embassy and the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KISE) paid tribute to three people, Righteous Among The Nations; three exceptional examples of courage, self-sacrifice and humanity. His Excellency Arye Mekel Israeli Ambassador to Greece, and David Saltiel President of the Board of KISE, awarded the medals and conferred the title of Righteous Among The Nations on three more Christian Greek people who saved the lives of persecuted Jewish fellow countrymen during the German occupation. Those pronounced Righteous Among The Nations were: Lella Karagiannis for saving the Solomon Cohen family from Thessaloniki; and Giorgos and Polymnia Theodorakis for saving Beatrice Matalon, also from Thessaloniki.
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ANTISEMITIC POSTER IN THE STREETS OF ATHENS Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:43
An antisemitic poster displaying a Magen David with a swastika interlaced in its center, is placed all over the main boulevards of Athens. The poster advertises the musical show of a provocative Greek singer. The same poster is also placed on the façade of the night club where the performance will be on show.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece addressed letters to the Minister of Justice, as well as to the Secretary General for Religions, of the Ministry of Education, asking for their competent reaction to this repulsive advertisement. As the Greek Jewry stresses in these letters: “The design depicted on the poster fiercely insults our very religion as well as the memory of the six million Jews, victims of the Holocaust”.

In addition to the above, our Board addressed letters to the mayors of the local districts where the posters are placed, asking for their intervention for the removal of the insulting posters. There is already positive reaction on behalf of some municipalities.
 
Athens, February 21, 2013
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
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