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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».

* SIGN THE PETITION HERE
(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

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE TERROR ATTACK IN LONDON Print E-mail
Friday, 24 March 2017 08:50

Terror has returned to London on Wednesday March 22, 2017, this time with a new blind terrorist attack near the Houses of Parliament and the Westminster Bridge. The attack resulted in the death of five people –among whom the perpetrator as well as an unarmed policeman who was stabbed by the attacker in his effort to stop him for entering the Parliament- and the injury of forty passers-by, among whom two Greeks.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses its repudiation for this cold-blooded attack and firmly condemns terrorism. This new strike is added to the long list of blind, bloody attacks that frustrate Europe and explicitly indicate that Europe -in unity and unanimity- needs to react now –not tomorrow- in order to deal with terrorism.

We must fight with all our forces and policies against the ideology that motivates such attacks. 

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece stands in solidarity with the British Government and conveys the most sincere condolences of the Greek Jewry to the families of the victims.

 Athens, 23rd March 2017

CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

 

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AMENDMENT VOTED ON THE REINSTATEMENT OF GREEK CITIZENSHIP TO DESCENDANTS OF GREEK DIASPORA JEWS – ANNOUNCEMENT OF KIS Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 11:14

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the vote by the Greek Parliament of an amendment which permits to the descendants of deceased Greek Jewish citizens to have the right to obtain a Greek citizenship.

The amendment corrects a legal vacuum of the earlier relevant law of 2011, which gave the right to obtain Greek citizenship to the Greek Jews of the Diaspora, but only if they were alive themselves. With the specific amendment, it is now possible for the descendants of the deceased Greek Jews to reestablish ties with their country of origin, where their fathers or grandfathers had lived until the War and the Holocaust, or after that. 

At the beginning, we were surprised by the position of the leading opposition party in the Greek parliament, “Nea Demokratia”, not to vote “yes” but to vote “present” during the procedure, since we know that the party of “Nea Demokratia” has already expressed positive views about the specific matter and its leader has a generally positive attitude in matters which concern the Jews both in Greece and abroad.

The party of “Nea Demokratia” issued finally a Press Announcement on 18.3.2017, which explains that the “present” vote was registered by mistake and that the spokesman of the party in the Greek Parliament, Mr. Kefaloyiannis, had spoken in favor of the particular amendment during the discussion, citing his exact words in the minutes of the Parliamentary session.

In this context, we can conclude that the amendment in favor of granting the Greek citizenship to the descendants of the deceased Greek Jews who live abroad was voted by the vast majority of the Greek Parliament and we express our satisfaction for that.

Athens, March 20, 2017

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THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE STANDS BY THE US JEWS FOLLOWING OUTBURST OF ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 13:09

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, motivated by the vandalism of 170 graves in the Jewish cemetery of St. Louis, in the State of Missouri, on February 24th sent the following letter of solidarity to the Jewish Community of St. Louis, in relation to the anti-Semitic incidents affecting the US during the last days.

KISE had the same communication with Jewish organizations, as well as with prominent US Jewish personalities who made statements, issued press releases and published articles, on the rise of anti-Semitism in the US urging the US government and the new President Donald Trump to react with clarity and determination.

The Greek Jewry’s support to the unusual wave of anti-Semitic incidents in the US was welcomed by international Jewish organizations.  

Specifically the letter of KISE mentions:

“It is with great dismay and concern that we were informed about the vandal attack against the Jewish cemetery of St Louis and the recent anti-Semitic incidents in the USA.

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MP GEORGIADIS’ APOLOGY TO THE GREEK JEWISH COMMUNITY Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 12:14

The vice president of the main Opposition “New Democracy” party, MP Adonis Georgiadis posted on his facebook account on Jan. 27, 2017, (on the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day), an apology statement in which he unequivocally renounced his anti-Semitic behavior and statements adopted in the past, and apologized to the Greek Jewish Community.

Adonis Georgiadis’ facebook post (Jan. 27, 2017) reads:

“On the occasion of the Day of Remembrance for Holocaust victims, I wish to clarify my clear views on anti-Semitism, which is a key threat to the Jewish people and a blow to the values ​​of our democracy and of Western civilization. In the past I had coexisted with and tolerated the opinions of people who showed disrespect to my Jewish compatriots and for this reason I feel the need to apologize to the Jewish community. Even more I regret that I supported and promoted the offensive to Jews book of Kostas Plevris.

But in recent years I have learned a lot about the Jewish people, its history and the contribution of Greek Jews to our country and I have tried a lot and I am continuing to try to tell our fellow citizens about their contribution. I firmly believe that anti-Semitism does not and should not have a place in our democracy and in our culture. The Holocaust of the Jewish people is the greatest shame of our contemporary civilization and through their sacrifice democracy, anti-racism, and the belief in the equality and freedom of peoples was strengthened”.

 

 
AT HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL IN GREECE, WJC PRESIDENT RONALD S. LAUDER SAYS: ‘INDIFFERENCE HAS NOT GONE AWAY’ Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 14:39

WJC, Athens 30.1.2017: Ronald S. Lauder on Monday addressed an official Holocaust commemoration ceremony in the Greek capital Athens, and in recalling the tragedy that nearly destroyed the Jewish community in Greece, asked whether the world has really learnt the lessons of the Holocaust.
 
“What has been the world’s reaction to the genocides since 1945? In Cambodia: silence! In Rwanda: silence! In Darfur: silence! Christians are being slaughtered today throughout the Middle East and Africa, and the world is silent. Indifference has not gone away,” Lauder told the gathering. The slogan ‘Never Again’ is easy to say but it’s really meaningless, because it happens again and again. And unless we want our children and grandchildren dealing with the same questions, it is time for this silence to end, once and for all.”

“The Jewish community here suffered such a heart-breaking loss. Almost 90 percent of the thriving Jewish population in Greece was murdered in World War II. Mothers, fathers, children… so many children. But we should always remember that this was not just a tragedy for the Jewish people. It was a tragedy for Greece as well. Greece lost some of its best and most productive citizens when the Jewish community was destroyed. When the Nazis came here in 1941 everyone lost,” Lauder added.
 
Lauder also highlighted the resistance of many Greeks against the occupiers during World War II, mentioning the people of Zakynthos, who hid the island’s Jews from the Nazis, Greek-Orthodox Archbishop Damaskinos, who instructed church members to issue false identity cards to Jews, and the “many ordinary Greeks whose name we will never know: they all set an example for the entire world to follow.”

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