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REACTIONS FOR DIMITRIS KAMMENOS FB POSTS TRIVIALIZING HOLOCAUST
Coalition partner Independent Greeks distanced itself on Wednesday from one of its own MPs, Dimitris Kammenos (no relation to party leader and Defense Minister Panos Kammenos), who posted on his Facebook page a doctored photograph of the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
The photograph showed the sign over the entrance reading “We’re staying in Europe” rather than “Arbeit macht frei.”
“We’re staying in Europe” was the slogan used for the two recent pro-euro rallies in central Athens.
Independent Greeks spokeswoman Marina Chrysoveloni said that the lawmakers’ post was an “utterly personal action.”
Kammenos was criticized by the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), which called his post “shameful” as it “trivializes in the most hideous way the sign over the gate of Auschwitz.”
After this complaint, Kammenos apologized and claimed there had been a “misunderstanding.”
“Maybe the comparison was unfortunate but my country is experiencing an economic holocaust,” he wrote on Facebook.
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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE TRIVIALIZATION OF A HOLOCAUST LANDMARK BY MP DIMITRIS KAMMENOS (AN.ELL)
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the outrage and the repudiation of the Greek Jewry at the shameful photo posted on facebook by MP Dimitris Kammenos (of the Independent Greeks – ANELL party). The post trivializes in the most hideous way the sign over the gate of Auschwitz. In the photo posted the “We stay in Europe” moto has replaced the world known sign which “welcomed” 1.500.000 Jews who were tortured and exterminated by the Nazis in the gas chambers.

We call upon the President of the Greek Parliament and the representatives of all democratic parties to condemn the malevolent trivialization of the Holocaust of the 6 million Jews and all the victims of this barbarity, a trivialization that at the same time downplays the importance of the struggle against Fascism and Nazism in our country.
We must not stay indifferent to such phenomena because if our society allows the distortion of the historical truth and memory of the Holocaust, it would have been as if we reopened the gate of Auschwitz to new crimes against humanity.
Athens, 24 June 2015
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
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DESECRATION OF THE NEWLY ERECTED HOLOCAUST MONUMENT IN KAVALA
After two weeks since its inauguration the much disputed Holocaust Monument in Kavala was desecrated with an amount of paint thrown at it by unknown vandals. Though guarded by the police during the night, the Monument was found in the morning of Sunday June 21, 2015, covered with light blue paint.
Following the Municipality’s prompt actions, the city’s cleaning units restored it immediately.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece in an announcement posted on its website expressed the Greek Jewry’s sorrow at the disgraceful incident. The announcement also points out: “At the same time we express our satisfaction for the immediate intervention of the Municipality of Kavala for the cleaning of the Monument and urge all competent authorities to take the necessary measures to protect it from those who aim at vandalizing not only the memory of the victims but the cultural heritage of the city of Kavala as well”.
Kavala Mayor Dimitra Tsanaka condemned the incident while stressed that this was not a sign of anti-Semitism.
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INAUGURATION EVENTS FOR THE UNVEILING CEREMONY OF THE HOLOCAUST MONUMENT IN KAVALA Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 09:05

On Sunday June 7, 2015 the inauguration of the Holocaust Memorial took place in Kavala, a port city in northern Greece. The Monument dedicated to the 1,484 Jews of the town who perished in the Nazi camp of Treblinka, was unveiled following a controversy of many weeks caused by the decision of the Mayor of Kavala to postpone the unveiling ceremony on the grounds that members of the city council objected to the monument’s “Star of David” engraving.

The events of June 7, began with the visit of the participants to the Jewish Cemetery of the town where the Rabbi of the Jewish Community Thessaloniki Israel Aharon made the memorial service.

Thereafter the unveiling of the Holocaust Monument followed with the  speeches made by of the Deputy Minister of Rural Development Panagiotis Sgouridis, the Regional Governor of Kavala Theodoros Markopoulos, the Mayor of Kavala Dimitra Tsanaka, the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Moses Constantinis, the Ambassador of the State Israel Irit Ben Aba, the President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki David Saltiel, the President of the Administrative Committee of the Jewish Community of Kavala Ezras Bakolas and the donor of the monument Victor Venouziou.

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GREEK FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON’S STATEMENT REGARDING THE DESECRATION OF A MONUMENT TO GREEK CHILDREN OF JEWISH DESCENT WHO WERE VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST Print E-mail
Friday, 12 June 2015 08:09
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Konstantinos Koutras made the following statement regarding the desecration of a commemorative plaque at Pafou Square, in Athens, in memory of the Greek children of Jewish descent who were victims of the Holocaust:

“We express our outrage at this offensive and bigoted act of desecrating a monument that is dedicated to the memory of innocent victims of the horror of Nazism and fascism; to the memory of Greek children of Jewish descent. This barbaric act is an affront to Greek society, and we condemn it unequivocally.

The Greek government and the whole of Greek society express their solidarity with our Jewish fellow citizens and stand together with them in the common struggle for more tolerance, for eradication of intolerance and racism, and for the marginalization of the isolated elements who cultivate hatred and divisiveness within Greek society.”
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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE VANDALISM OF THE PLAQUE COMMEMORATING HOLOCAUST CHILDREN AT A PLAY YARD IN ATHENS Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 June 2015 13:06
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Greek Jewry at large join the Athens Jewish Community in strongly condemning the desecration of the plaque erected in remembrance of and tribute to the 13.000 Greek children who were deported and exterminated in the Nazi concentration camps for the only reason that they were born Jewish.
In 1981 Greek Jewish mothers decided to honour their memory by sponsoring the construction of a play yard, at Pafou Square, in the center of Athens. A commemorative plaque was placed in this play yard to let know the contemporary children of the crime committed against the innocent souls of those Jewish children.
Tolerance of such hideous acts can only be interpreted as complicity and for this reason the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece urges all competent authorities and the citizens of Athens to protect the memory of the Holocaust in Greece against all those aiming at its profanation and ultimately at the prevalence of barbarity over the values of humanism.

Athens, June 11, 2015
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
 
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THE GREEK POLITICAL PARTIES CONDEMNED THE POSTPONEMENT OF THE UNVEILING CEREMONY OF THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL OF KAVALA Print E-mail
Monday, 18 May 2015 11:43

Press Releases of: SYRIZA, SYRIZA OF KAVALA, ND, AN.ELL., TO POTAMI & PASOK

SYRIZA: The Postponement of the Event for the Unveiling of the Holocaust Memorial Insults Historic Memory (16.5.2015)

The postponement of the event for the unveiling of the Holocaust Memorial in Kavala insults historic memory and the democratic and anti-Nazi struggles of the Greek people.  It is an act which foments anti-Semitism and intolerance and as such it cannot be tolerated.

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PRESENTATION OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF GREECE Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 09:22

A video showing the historic course and the tradition of the Greek Jewish Community, as well as, the vibrant present day activities was produced by the JDC.

Since the end of WWII that found the Community devastated, JDC’s contribution and support has been of vital importance to the Jews of Greece.

See HERE the video
 
 
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