On February 13 and 14, 2024, with the cooperation of the World Jewish Congress WJC, the Croatian Presidency of the IHRA, the G.G. Religious events, of the EME and the KISE, were organized in Athens, at the Jewish Museum of Greece, two seminars / workshops focused on the history of Greek Jewry and modern anti-Semitism.
The first laboratory it concerned the officers of the Ministries charged with the task of drawing up and implementing the National Action Plan against Anti-Semitism. The meeting was attended by representatives from 13 co-competent Greek agencies and ministries, including the General Secretary of Religious Affairs G. Kalantzis, the Deputy Minister for Equality and Human Rights Maria-Alexandra Kefala, the special envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the fight against anti-Semitism, Ambassador H. Aliferis, WJC representative Dr. L. Saltiel and G.G. of KISE B.I. Eliezer.
The second seminar, with the participation of ambassadors and diplomats from 12 countries, was held to inform them about the centuries-old history, the Holocaust, the contemporary activity of the Jewish communities of Greece and the expressions of anti-Semitism.
On 14.2.2024 the opening of the exhibition "Tehom" (Tehom is the biblical Hebrew word for the primordial depth) by Renee Revah took place at the Benaki Museum, which through art (photos, videos and texts) brought to the surface the history of the family of her who perished in Auschwitz with her grandfather, Alberto, the only survivor!
The exhibition will last until 19.5.2024.
See on the website of the Benaki Museum (HERE) detailed information about the exhibition and a calendar of special tours of the exhibition by the photographer.
In the packed hall of the Athens Archaeological Society, the Monday 12 February 2024, KAPON publications organized the presentation of the book "Sefarids 1492-1932. From Spain to the Ottoman Empire and the Greek Thessaloniki", by Iakov Sibi and Karina Lampsa.
The event began with greetings from the publisher Rachel Misdrahi-Capon and the President of the Jewish Museum of Greece, Mikis Modiano.
The following spoke about the book: the Secretary General of Religious Affairs Giorgos Kalantzis, the psychoanalyst Ariella Asser and the authors of the work Iakov Sibi and Karina Lampsa.
The event closed with the artist Savina Giannatou, who analyzed and sang Sephardic melodies.
*With data from Facebook of KAPON editions
In this year's WE REMEMBER campaign, the Hellenic Parliament and ten municipalities across Greece conveyed a powerful message about the need to preserve Holocaust Remembrance and combat anti-Semitism by illuminating Town Halls, buildings and landmarks. The City Halls of Athens, Corfu, Kavala, Veria lit up their facades with the WE REMEMBER logo for 2024, which was also displayed at the entrance of the Cultural Center of the Municipality of Ioannina, on the facade of the Mikis Theodorakis Theater in Chania -Crete, as well as on the home page of the website of the Municipality of Preveza, where it remained uploaded for three days. In Thessaloniki the logo was displayed on the banner of the Holocaust Remembrance Day that covered the façade of the Municipality. Also, the Town Hall of Larissa was illuminated blue, while in Chalkida members and friends of the Jewish Community were photographed with WE REMEMBER signs at the city's Holocaust Monument.
The story behind the Greek logo WE REMEMBER
As every year, this year as well, the logo distributed by the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and displayed on the Hellenic Parliament and on City Halls was designed by the graphic designer of the Jewish Museum of Greece, Haya Cohen.
The graphic preserves and perpetuates a part of the history of Greek Jewry. The illustration alludes to Auschwitz as it combines the International Holocaust Remembrance Day campaign logo, barbed wire and the Star of David. But this is not a random Star of David, nor a graphic design. The textile Star of David comes from Thessaloniki, was donated to the Jewish Museum of Greece by Rudolph and Erica Kounio-Amarilio and is part of the Museum's collection.
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.