|GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER HONOURED HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS|
|Monday, 22 June 2009 13:03|
Within its initiatives related to the chairmanship of OSCE for 2009, the Greek Foreign Ministry organized an official ceremony honouring the Greek Holocaust survivors.
The event was held in Athens, on June 17, 2009, and it coincided with the edition of the book “Greeks in Auschwitz – Birkenau”, sponsored by the Foreign Ministry and written by Photini Tomai, Head of the Historic and Diplomatic Archive of the Foreign Ministry.
The event was addressed by the Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, the President of the Parliament Dimitris Sioufas, the OSCE Personal Representative for Combating Antisemitism Rabbi Andrew Baker and the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece Moses Constantinis.
F.M. Bakoyannis stressed out the initiatives of the Ministry for the preservation of Holocaust history and memory, announced the upcoming opening of the permanent exhibition in Auschwitz on the theme of the Holocaust of the Greeks, and called upon all states of the OSCE region to reinforce measures to combat anti-Semitism: “No one can be inert in front of the disguised forms and transformations of anti-Semitism or in front of the hideous and provocative actions of neonazi groups”, said F.M. Bakoyannis.
Our Board’s President Moses Constantinis, among others, pointed out the recent anti-Semitic incidents in Greece, the disturbing message deriving from the acquittal of K. Plevris from a high court of law for his fiercely anti-Semitic book. In addition M. Constantinis urged Foreign Ministry to speed up the procedure in order to obtain a copy of the Bad Arolsen archives on Greece.
25 Greek Jewish survivors from the nazi concentration camps attended the ceremony and were awarded with a diploma and a silver plaque by the Foreign Minster and the President of the Parliament. The event closed with a documentary film with survivors testimonies produced by the “Parliament TV Channel”.
In the morning of June 17, our Board’s President and the President of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki David Saltiel had a private meeting with F.M. Bakoyannis and deputy F.M. Theodoros Kassimis (photograph) and discussed anti-Semitic manifestations in Greece.