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“THE JEWS OF GREECE” – EXHIBITION IN THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Emmanuel Santos and Carol Gordon present Jews of Greece exhibition, in an effort to educate younger generations and bring the fascinating stories of the Greek Jewish Holocaust survivors to light.

Hosted by Melbourne's Jewish Museum, Jews of Greece (on show until 3 September 2017) was put together by acclaimed photographer Emmanuel Santos and filmmaker Carol Gordon with an aim to provide visual documentation of the history, heritage and modern day pretense of the existing Greek Jewish communities.

This exhibition offers rare insight into the history of the Romaniotes, the Jews who originated from Greece, with a community dating back to 300-250 BC or earlier. Even though Greece had one of the oldest and most significant Jewish communities outside Israel, its story is not widely known. […]

Read here the whole article, entitled “Touching on a perishing community's vibrant history spanning over 2000 years” by Nelly Skoufatoglou (April 21, 2017) in the Australian webpage NEOSKOSMOS.COM
 
RESTORATION OF THE VANDALIZED HOLOCAUST MONUMENT OF KAVALA DUE TO PROMPT REACTION OF THE MUNICIPALITY AND THE LOCAL SOCIETY

Local dignitaries, prominent figures, and many citizens of Kavala, as well as the City Council, co-signed an on line petition, expressing the local’s society immediate and strong reaction in condemning the vandal attack against the Holocaust monument of Kavala.

It is worth emphasizing that within only a few days the Municipality of Kavala kept the promise of Mayor Ms. Dimitra Tsanaka for the restoration of the monument at the expense and responsibility of the municipality. The Memorial stands again in its symbolic location, commemorating the Jews of Kavala. The Central Board of the Jewish Communities in Greece, in a letter to the Mayor of Kavala, expressed the satisfaction of the Greek Jewry, making, among others, the following statement:

«The reaction of the Municipality of Kavala, both with the press release which condemned the vandalism, and with the immediate restoration of the Monument’s substantial damages, demonstrates actively your high sense of responsibility and your sensitivity against phenomena of anti-Semitism and racism. Your symbolic visit to the Memorial right after the act of vandalism passes the message that such phenomena which harm the image of the city will not be tolerated».

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(465 signatures as of April 12, 2017)

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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE TERROR ATTACKS AGAINST COPTIC CHURCHES IN EGYPT

This time, the Islamic State has chosen Sunday, April 9, 2017, Palm Sunday, to strike the Egyptian Coptic Christians. At least 44 people were killed and more than 128 were injured in suicide bombers attack against two Coptic Orthodox churches during the mass. At least 27 people were killed and 78 injured in the first bombing attack that occurred on the St. George church in the Nile Delta city of Tanta, one hundred kilometers north of Cairo; the second attack, with 17 people dead and 48 wounded, occurred a few hours later on St. Mark’s cathedral in Alexandria. 

Those two heinous attacks of brutal violence and terrorism, which even surpass the very limits of gruesome terrorist blindness, clearly targeted Egyptian Christians.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece condemns strongly and unequivocally these atrocious murderous acts, it stands by the side of all Christians and of all the people of Egypt and expresses its warmest condolences to the Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, His Beatitude Theodoros II, and to the families who lost their beloved ones in the Holy Week.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece hopes that this time the whole democratic Europe will not remain silent and indifferent towards the steady effort to exterminate and uproot Christianity from its cradle.

Athens, April 10, 2017

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE TERRORIST ATTACK IN STOCKHOLM Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 April 2017 12:08

The terrorist truck attack that occurred Friday, April 7, 2017 in Stockholm is to be added to the list of heinous terrorist attacks affecting Europe, and make us think hard about both the outbreak of blind terrorism, and the role of mimicry in organizing these horrific acts. The Stockholm attack mimics the operational manner of attacks in Jerusalem, Nice, Berlin and London. The attack that occurred on a shopping street in the heart of Stockholm killed four people and injured about 15 more, nine of whom are in critical condition.

Europe has to remain united to counter terrorism, but without succumbing to terror. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, representing the Greek Jewry, unequivocally condemns terrorism, stands by the Swedish government in the fight against terrorism, expresses its warmest condolences to the families of the victims and wishes wholeheartedly quick recovery to the wounded.

 

Athens, April 10, 2017

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE TERROR ATTACK IN THE SUBWAY OF ST. PETERSBURG Print E-mail
Friday, 07 April 2017 12:23

One more blind terrorist attack has been added to the long list of attacks that have been shaking the European continent. This time the attack occurred in the subway of St. Petersburg, the second largest city of Russia, on Monday, April 3, 2017, during rush hour; the attack resulted in the death of eleven people, while forty five people have been injured and some of them are in a very critical condition.

The terrorist attack took place while the Russian President Vladimir Putin was in St. Petersburg to attend the fourth regional media forum. No matter which are the forces that motivate terrorism, it is our duty to fight against these ideologies.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the Greek Jewry’s abhorrence at this brutal act of terrorism, strongly condemns terrorism, and stands by the Russian government and the Russian people in their three-day mourning. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece conveys the most sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wishes wholeheartedly fast recovery to the wounded.

 Athens, 6th April 2017

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE DESECRETION OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT IN ARTA Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 March 2017 11:20

Only a few days after the remembrance events organized by the municipality of Arta for the deportation and extermination of the city's Jews in the Nazi concentration camps, the Holocaust Monument in Arta was vandalized. It is obvious that there are still people disturbed by their Jewish fellow citizens even if the latter are dead. They cannot tolerate even their memory!

We are confident that both the municipality of Arta and the vast majority of its citizens will not allow the desecration of memory by a few nostalgic obscurantists who vulgarly aim at staining the image of the city. We are also confident that soon the monument will stand again to fulfil its purpose: remind the visitors of the atrocity that led to the annihilation of the Jews of Arta simply because they were Jews and awaken the society that such an absolute evil can happen again unless we strongly preserve our democratic and humanitarian principles.

Athens, 29th March 2017

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 

 
HOLOCAUST MONUMENT IN KAVALA VANDALIZED Print E-mail
Friday, 31 March 2017 09:57

The Holocaust Monument in Kavala was brutally defaced on March 30, 2017, by vandals who shattered a large part of its marble façade. The attack was condemned by the Municipality of Kavala, government officials and political parties. More specifically the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its announcement pointed out: “…similar incidents of vandalism of historic monuments, racism and intolerance are unequivocally condemned by the Greek society…”, the Secretary General for Religious Affairs of the Education Ministry Mr. George Kalantzis stressed: “as many times they demolish them  -the Holocaust Memorials-, so many times we will have them rebuilt”, the main opposition Party New Democracy stated: «…hatred, bigotry and racism are unknown to the principles, the values and the culture of Greece…” and the SYRIZA Party -branch of Kavala- mentioned: “The vandalism of the monument for the 1.484 Jews of Kavala who perished at the concentration camps is an “effrontery monument” and reminds to the citizens of the town that fascism lies in wait”.  

Our Board issued the following announcement: 

Early in the morning today (Thursday, March 30, 2017), the Holocaust Monument of the Greek Jews of Kavala, who were deported and exterminated by the Nazis in the Nazi camp of Treblinka in Poland, was destroyed with the use of a heavy tool by unknown perpetrators. The municipality of Kavala has unveiled this Holocaust monument only on May 2015, restoring through this symbolic way the memory of the 1.484 Jews of the city.

 

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the abhorrence of the Greek Jewry for this vandal attack against the Holocaust monument of Kavala, which occurs only a few days after the desecration of the Holocaust Monument of Arta. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes nevertheless the prompt reaction of the Mayor of Kavala, Ms. Dimitra Tsanaka, who has immediately condemned this sad incident, promising that «the Holocaust memorial will be immediately restored in order to be offered again to the town and to continue to symbolize unity among people, sending a strong message against racism and intolerance and reminding the black pages of the past that humanity must never again witness». 

 At the same time we express our deep concern: these acts of desecration show in an obvious way that anti-Semitism -an antisemitism almost without Jews-, racism, and intolerance survive and lurk everywhere in every moment. Every moral, political or other act of legitimation of the nostalgic pro-Nazis increases the risk of the revival of anti-Semitism and of the expansion of such incidents that threaten the values ​​of a modern and democratic society and darken the prestige of our country. Prosecutors should take all necessary measures to arrest the vandals responsible and bring them to justice.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece calls the local authorities, representatives of the society, and the citizens of Kavala to oppose strongly against such acts and practices which in the past led to the overthrow of Democracy and the prevalence of Nazism, and to protect the city's collective memory for a part of the population that was brutally exterminated in the Nazi concentration camp.

Athens, March 30, 2017

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE MEETING OF THE THESSALONIKI METROPOLITAN ANTHIMOS WITH THE LEADER OF THE GOLDEN DAWN Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 March 2017 10:58

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the deep grief of Greek Jewry for the meeting held between the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Anthimos and the indicted leader of a party that did not hesitate to perform the gesture of Nazi salute and deny the Holocaust of six million Jews who perished in Nazi concentration camps, including the 46.000 Jews of Thessaloniki. Such meetings are disrespectful towards their memory and legitimize the exponents of hatred and intolerance in Greece and in no way contribute to the harmonious coexistence of people regardless of their color, race or religion.

We are confident that the Thessaloniki Metropolitan does not reflect the official opinion of either the Church of Greece, whose members as the late Archbishop Damaskinos opposed the persecution of the Greek Jews by German troops, nor the majority of our fellow citizens of Thessaloniki.

Athens, 28th March 2017
CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 
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