For Holocaust Remembrance Day 2024, the political leadership of Greece conveyed its messages on preserving memory and combating anti-Semitism through posts and announcements by members of the Government, parties and politicians. Here are some of the messages:
OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
It is the duty of all of us to ensure that the collective memory of the Holocaust is preserved in order to act as a barrier to all forms of racism, intolerance and hate speech. Greece will continue to work to combat all forms of discrimination and prevent all crimes against humanity and human dignity. Read on here
OF THE MINISTER OF NATIONAL DEFENSE NIKOS DENDIAS
Preserving the Historical Memory of the Holocaust is an obligation and a minimal tribute to the victims of one of the greatest group crimes in history. The atrocities of the Nazis, the executions of millions of Jews - including thousands of Greek Jews - must never be forgotten, so that similar crimes are not repeated. HERE
OF THE REGIONAL GOVERNOR OF ATTICA NICOS HARDALIAS
Now, more than ever, it is necessary to return to the fundamental values of our modern civilization: democracy, freedom, equality, humanity, dignity. We owe it to the millions of victims of the Holocaust, we owe it to the new generations to come. HERE
OF THE PRESIDENT OF SYRIZA, STEFANOS KASSELAKIS
"Today, 79 years after the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army, the message that the fight against hatred and intolerance is ongoing is more relevant than ever..." HERE
Peace, respect for human rights are not self-evident. They require constant vigilance and constant struggle. A fight against racism and intolerance. HERE
OF THE NEW LEFT
"79 years later, World Holocaust Remembrance Day is a tragically timely reminder of what hatred, racism, nationalism, xenophobic demagoguery can lead to...". Read on HERE the entire announcement.
“The seeds of ultimate evil must not sprout again. Our duty, then, is to straighten our democratic stature against any form of intolerance.... The legacy of the Holocaust must be turned into a lasting legacy," the prime minister says in his post.
Read the entire Message here: Prime Minister's Facebook, 27.01.24
The president of SYRIZA, Stefanos Kasselakis, was in Auschwitz on Saturday 27.1.2024, honoring the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
With his post on social networks, he notes that "today, on the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust and the Day of Remembrance of the Greek Jewish Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust, I am in Auschwitz. Here where 1,1 million souls were exterminated because they were Jews, political dissidents, Roma, homosexuals and generally 'subhuman' according to the Nazis".
And he emphasizes that "of them, 55.000 were Greek Jews".
"The slogan "Never again" is eternally relevant, reminding us that the preservation of historical memory goes hand in hand with our active participation in the shielding of the Republic", says the President of the Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou in her message.
"Today, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we commemorate the International Day of Remembrance for the millions of victims of the Holocaust, a heinous crime that left its indelible mark on world history. The slogan "Never again" is eternally relevant, reminding us that the preservation of historical memory goes hand in hand with our active participation in the shielding of the Republic", said Ms. Sakellaropoulou.
SOURCE: LIBERAL 27.1.2024
On 14.12.2023, Victor Eliezer made the following post on Facebook about the Hanukkah lighting in Arta:
"In a city where no Jews live anymore, some citizens of the city take care to highlight the harmonious coexistence of Christians and Jews, before the Holocaust. In the city of Arta!!! Thank you to everyone who every day lit a Hanukkah candle in the center of the city, next to the Christmas tree!"
Source: Facebook VI Eliezer