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KIS COMMUNICATION WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN FOR THE RETURN OF THE JEWISH ARCHIVES FROM MOSCOW
Following the announcement with which KIS welcomed the news of the return from Moscow to Greece of the pre-War archives of the Greek Jewish Communities, KIS President David Saltiel and Secretary General Victor Eliezer, in their letter -dated December 15, 2021- to Russian President Putin, express the satisfaction of the Greek Jewry upon Russia’s decision which is important to the Greek Jewish Community.

On behalf of the Russian side, the Cultural Attaché of the Russian Embassy to Greece, Th. Kalaidov, contacted KIS President on January 2nd, 2022, and conveyed President Putin’s assent to KIS’s views as presented in the letter which we publish here under in English translation:

Honourable President Putin,

On behalf of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, which is the umbrella organization and the coordination body of the Jews of Greece, we wish to express our all hearted thankfulness for your decision to return to Greece the pre-War Archives of the Greek Jewish Communities that were looted by the Nazis during the German occupation of our country and were transported to Moscow by the Red Army after the takeover of Berlin in May 1945.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE RETURN OF THE JEWISH ARCHIVES FROM MOSCOW

Our history returns home!

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Greek Jews with immense emotion welcome the decision of the Russian President Putin that Russia returns the pre-War archives of the Greek Jewish Communities, and especially the archive of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki which was looted in July 11, 1942, by the Nazis who plundered archives, books and religious artifacts from 30 Synagogues, libraries and communal institutions in Thessaloniki.  In the aftermath of the takeover of Berlin by the soviet army, in May 1945, those archives were transferred to Moscow.

A long-term challenging struggle conducted by the Greek diplomacy and the Greek Jewry seems to come to an end thanks to the targeted actions of the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. It is an achievement of vital significance to our country’s history. We express our thankfulness to the Greek Prime Minister and all those who have worked and continue working for the realization of the return of the pre-War Jewish archives to our country.

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RUSSIA TO GIVE JEWISH HOLOCAUST ARCHIVES BACK TO GREECE

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday December 8th, 2021 that Russia will hand over to Greece the Jewish Holocaust archives that were moved to Moscow after the end of World War II.

The announcement was made during a joint press conference with visiting PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Mitsotakis thanked Putin for the interest he showed in the archives of the Jewish communities which will eventually return to Greece after almost eight decades.

The largest part of the archives relates to the once-thriving Jewish community in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city.

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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

 
AJC CHIEF BECOMES OFFICER OF THE FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 March 2021 09:57

France on Monday honored American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris with the rank of Officer within the order of the Legion of Honor – one of the country's most prestigious awards – in recognition of his "unwavering commitment to strengthening ties between the United States and France, his deep friendship for France, as well as his extraordinary work to combat antisemitism and hate speech – an effort highly valued by France."

"No other country on this planet, other than the US and Israel, has had more of a direct impact on my life than France," said Harris. "We at the American Jewish Committee shall continue to attach the highest priority to engaging with France and its leaders on many issues of mutual concern,  often in agreement, sometimes in disagreement, always in friendship."

French Ambassador to the US Philippe Etienne said that under Harris's leadership AJC has become "one of the most influential" Jewish organizations in the world.

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WE TALKED WITH THE GRANDSON OF HAIM PARDO ABOUT HIS FAMILY AND “THE JEWISH HERITAGE: PAST AND PRESENT” DIGITAL TOUR Print E-mail
Monday, 08 March 2021 13:59
by MARIA AIVALIOTI

We talked with Victor Asser, the grandson of Haim and Evgenia Pardo, two survivors of the Holocaust in Thessaloniki about history in the past and present. He told us about the story of his family and the Clio Muse digital tour “The Jewish heritage: past and present.”

Can you tell us a few things about yourself?

My name is Victor Asser and I am the 5th out of 8th grandchildren of Haim Pardo. I am born and raised in Athens by two parents that survived the Holocaust.

Which were your thoughts when you saw the story of your family narrated in the digital tour “The Jewish heritage: past and present”?

I was moved. Every journey back to my family’s past fills me with emotions of joy and nostalgia as well as it makes me think how important it is to have roots and wings for the present and the future.

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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).

 
TWEET OF DAVID HARRIS FOR GREECE – TURKEY RELATIONS Print E-mail
Monday, 08 March 2021 12:45

AJC CEO David Harris made the following tweet about the relations between Greece and Turkey:  

"I stand w/ #Greece , as I have for past 30 yrs.

I cherish Greece as the wellspring for so much of our democratic tradition, philosophy & culture.

I value Greece’s ties w/ EU, US, NATO & Israel.

Greece faces repeated, unprovoked threats from Turkey.

I know where I stand".

 
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