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DELEGATION OF THE INTERORTHODOX CENTRE OF THE CHURCH OF GREECE VISITED YAD VASHEM Print E-mail
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 11:55
For the first time a delegation of Greek-Orthodox Clergymen coming from the Orthodox Church of Greece has visited Yad Vashem for a special study day program. The Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece organized this visit after an official invitation by the Embassy of Israel in Greece.

Metropolitan Ioannis of Thermopylae, the Director of the Interorthodox Centre of the Church of Greece, as Head of the delegation accompanied by a special group of priests and the scientific stuff of the Interorthodox Centre (Mr. Sergios Voilas, Mr. Christos Nasios, Mrs. Kalliopi Mavragka)  had the opportunity to meet and speak with Mr. Moshe Ha’elyon, a Greek-Jewish survivor from the Holocaust. 
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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE VANDALISM OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT IN KASTORIA – THE IMMEDIATE REACTION OF THE LOCAL SOCIETY Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 December 2018 14:29

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the dismay of the Greek Jewry for the vandal attack against the Holocaust Monument of Kastoria, erected to remind of the 1.000 Jews of the city deported and exterminated in Auschwitz by the Nazis. Using back spray-paint to deface the inscription on the Monument, the fanatic preachers of hatred aimed both at erasing the memory of the once flourishing Jewish community and at destroying the symbolisms that the Monuments transmits.

They got the best response through the reaction of the local society, with the official condemnation of the Mayor of Kastoria as well as the prompt reaction of the motivated citizens who cleaned the monument. The law enforcement authorities have to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to Justice.

Thirteen cases of vandalism against Jewish targets were registered within 2018. The outburst of intolerance, the vandal attacks against monuments and sacred sites, intensify the need to realize that antisemitism is only the beginning of the decadence of a society that in order to be protected by the followers of obscurantism has the obligation to transmit knowledge and memory so as to prevent new crimes against humanity.

Athens, December 27, 2018

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
WHO WILL STAND UP FOR THE CHRISTIANS? Print E-mail
Friday, 22 August 2014 10:06

The following opinion article authored by World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder was published in the “New York Times” on August 19, 2014

WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.

The Middle East and parts of central Africa are losing entire Christian communities that have lived in peace for centuries. The terrorist group Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed hundreds of Christians this year — ravaging the predominantly Christian town of Gwoza, in Borno State in northeastern Nigeria, two weeks ago. Half a million Christian Arabs have been driven out of Syria during the three-plus years of civil war there. Christians have been persecuted and killed in countries from Lebanon to Sudan.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE ANTISEMITΙC ATTACKS IN HALLE GERMANY Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 October 2019 11:59

A German neonazi chose the holy day of Yom Kippur, when the Jews all over the world gather and pray in synagogues, to attack and spread terror and death at the Synagogue of Halle, in Germany, murdering two people and injuring others.

The perpetrator’s message of hatred and Holocaust denial, 75 years after the Holocaust, indicates that antisemitism in Europe is not part of a tragic past but an existing present manifested in a brutal practice of violence leaving innocent victims.

Europe must protect its Jewish citizens and effectively deal with antisemitism, considering it as a threat against democracy itself, and as violation of fundamental human rights. The attack against the synagogue proves that hate rhetoric swiftly evolves into violence and bloodshed.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), which represents all Jewish Communities in Greece, thanks the Ministry of Citizen Protection and especially the Greek police department for having timely and effectively taken all necessary measures for the security of all Jewish sites of interest around Greece. We also welcome the immediate reaction of the Greek Education Minister, Mrs Niki Kerameus, who expressed her repugnance for the attack and stressed that “this incident reminds us -in the most harsh way- of our duty to continue our struggle against anti-Semitism”.

KIS expresses the deep sorrow and the condolences of the Greek Jewry to the families of the victims, along with its solidarity towards the Jewish Community of Halle. Terror and fear will not break us. We are here to keep defending the principles of humanism against intolerance and antisemitism.

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SALONICA – MOTHER OF LOVE AND PAIN Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 13:01

By Yvette Nahmia-Messinas, Jerusalem Post, January 2nd, 2017

Where should I start? I’ll start at the end. On Saturday we went to see the film “Ouzeri Tsitsanis” (Cloudy Sunday) by director Manousos Manousakis in the framework of the Jewish Film Festival at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. “Ouzeri” in Greek is the place where people drink ouzo and eat mezedes. Vassilis Tsitsanis was one of the most important figures in the formation of modern Greek music, a master bouzouki player and among the forces shaping the Rebetiko (urban Greek music) in Salonica before and during WWII. The screening hall was filled with known faces of Greek Jews, Greek music lovers, philhellenes and beyond.

The film was balanced, nuanced and rich, and succeeded in telling the story of the Greek Jews of Salonica, the “madre d’Israel,” from different perspectives. We saw the Sephardi Greek Jews, heard them speak in Greek and Ladino and sing songs in Judeo-Espagnol in their communal choir as well as get involved in the new socialist ideas. We were exposed to the foreign sounding names of the foods they ate, the synagogue they went to, the controversial rabbi they followed. We also saw the inner strife among them, of those who suggested not listening to the rabbi and his directives of going along with the Germans’ requests, and those who felt safer in complying with the Jewish community’s policy rather than straying away from it and going on their own.

We were shown Estrea, the young Sephardi Jewess (Christina Chila Fameli) who is active in the resistance by typewriting its messages in a well-hidden basement. Although she is issued false identity papers as a Greek Orthodox woman, and has the option to escape with her Greek Christian boyfriend Giorgos (Charis Fragkoulis) to Athens, Estrea opts to turn herself in as a Jew and get on the train to be with her family. Estrea knows that the train is headed for Poland, but doesn’t know its ultimate destination is Auschwitz, where 96% of Salonica’s Jews perished.

 

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