On Thursday 8-2-2024 the Evening High School and Lyceum of Corfu, honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day, made a short educational visit to the Synagogue.
Mrs. Nina Vital, a member of the Jewish community of Corfu, informed the students of the two schools about the long-standing presence of the Jews in Corfu and their annihilation within a few days in the crematoria of Auschwitz in June 1944. With particular interest the students they watched her presentation interspersed with personal memories and experiences and reflected on the consequences of fanaticism and hatred in the history of peoples.
The Central Service of Political Education of Rhineland-Palatinate, the Albert Cohen Corfu Association, the Cultural Triangle of Prespa, the Ionian Bank Banknote Museum - ALPHA BANK and the IONIAN UNIVERSITY organize the exhibition "Renato Mordo. Jew, Greek and German. The life of an artist in the age of extremes", from 11 October to 9 December 2023 at the Ionian Bank Banknote Museum - Alpha Bank and the Ionian Academy in Corfu. With this exhibition we want to honor Renato Mordo, the first director of the National Opera.
The inauguration will take place on Wednesday 11 October at 18.30 at the Ionian Academy in Corfu and at 19.30 at the Banknote Museum of the Ionian Bank - Alpha Bank.
The exhibition presents the stages in the life of theater and opera director Renato Mordo. Renato Mordo with parents of Jewish origin - his father was a Greek merchant from Corfu and his mother from Austria - left Germany at the end of 1932 due to the increasingly frequent anti-Semitic hostility and the impending seizure of power by the National Socialists and finally fled to Greece in 1939. In Athens, he co-founded the National Opera and promoted the young opera singer Maria Callas. Renato Mordo survived the German concentration camp in Haidari and soon after his release, he wrote the play entitled "Haidari", in which he literary elaborates the traumatic experiences he experienced. After the war he worked in theaters in Turkey, Austria and Israel and was director of the opera house in Mainz, capital of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, from 1952 to 1955.
by Christos Paridis
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Since I was little, I used to go through the Hebrew school, I heard the name and I didn't know what this thing is. Over the years I felt ashamed that I had not entered into the process of learning." If Maria Bois felt ashamed that she knew nothing about an important part of her country's history, how ashamed should those who failed to inform her and all her peers about it?
She is the composer and co-producer of the documentary "The Jews of Corfu", which was recently screened at the 24th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, in addition to the music for the only documentary film on this subject to date, which is little known both in Panhellenic and local society, especially among the younger generations, together with the historian Christiana Latsa, he also did the research and shot it with the director Yianni-Mirian Gergevitsa.
He explains: "Giannis and I were wondering how it is possible that a documentary has not been made for so many years. They tell me I did it because I'm Jewish, when I'm not Jewish, I'm Christian, but that has nothing to do with that anyway. I did it because I like making things and writing music for movies. It's nice to make documentaries with historical content, a tribute to the people who died. They could also be Christians, for me we are all Jews, we are all Christians, we are all human."
CORFU. The Intercultural Youth Network of the Association of German Scouts (BDP) "Wilde Rose", which has a total of 200 members, maintains ties of friendship with the Israeli Community of Corfu. A twelve-member group of the Network is currently on the island of Faiakos, making a visit, with the aim of researching the history of the Israeli Community of Corfu and the Holocaust of the Corfu Jews.
Its members, on the morning of Friday 17.9.2021, visited the Jewish Synagogue and spoke with the Board of Directors. of the Israeli Community, in the context of the ties they have developed, wanting to pass the message of peaceful and equal coexistence of people, against all forms of violence and exclusion.
"The purpose of the visit is to deal with the history of the Jewish community, the Occupation and the tragic events of the Holocaust in World War II," Ionian University professor Hans Schlumm, who attended the meeting, emphasized to "E", pointing out that in the context of the group's visit to Greece, it will also travel to other areas that suffered from the German occupation, such as Filiates and other historical villages in Ioannina, paying tribute to the victims.
As part of the Gastronomy and Wine Festival that took place in Corfu from 8 to 12 May 2019, the organizers included the Israeli Community of Corfu and the Jewish traditions of the island in the Festival which united the peoples of the Mediterranean and Europe, as well as the culture and their traditions.
On Saturday, 11.5.2019, two events took place that had as their theme the Jewish culture of Corfu. At 19:00, inside the Synagogue, the choreographer and director Petros Gallias recited excerpts from the Song of Songs and at the same time the violinist Redona Kolla and the cellist Ambrosios Vlachopoulos presented musical themes by Jewish composers and film music from films with Jewish content.
The event was honored with their presence by the Mayor of the City, the Deputy Governor, the President of the Israeli Community, many local actors and a large crowd.