KIS COMMUNICATION WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN FOR THE RETURN OF THE JEWISH ARCHIVES FROM MOSCOW Print
Monday, 03 January 2022 14:30
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.

Your statement during the joint Press Conference with the Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis on December 8, 2021, is of great importance to our Community, and we congratulate you upon your determining role in the return of the Jewish archives to Greece. Your words filled us with joy and emotion as these archives represent our bond with our very own history and tradition. They are the sacred heirlooms of our identity, of our thriving past as well as the documents of the Nazi crimes during the Holocaust. Thank you for giving back to us our history!

We look forward to the realization of this decision and to receiving the Archives back to our country.

On this joyful occasion, it would be a pleasure for our Community to welcome you during your future visit to Greece.

We wish you all the best and remain

Sincerely Yours

The President DAVID SALTIEL

The Secretary General VICTOR ELIEZER