The commemoration of the Greek Jewish Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust was celebrated again this year (4.2.2024) in Volos with all solemnity.

In an event co-organized by the Municipality of Volos, the Region of Thessaly and the Israeli Community of Volos, in Riga Feraio Square at 11:30, a memorial service was held by the Most Wise Rabbi Ilias Sabetai, followed by the laying of wreaths.

The organization for the National Day of Remembrance took place in the presence of the ambassador of Israel in our country, Noam Katz, who earlier had a meeting with the mayor of Volos, Achillea Beo, at the Volos town hall.

In his post on the account he maintains on Facebook, Mr. Intrusion stated: "And this year - as every year we have to do and we do - we paid the required honor to the Day of Remembrance of the Greek Jewish martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust". "We declared with our presence that we do not forget and that we will always strive to preserve the rights to life and its management for all people," he added.

This was followed by an event in the amphitheater of the Technical Chamber of Magnesia with the lighting of candles in memory of the six million Jewish victims accompanied by the flute of Pepo Salem.

Greetings were addressed by its president Israeli Community of Volos Marcel Solomon and his representative of the Central Jewish Council of Greece, Mr. Ilias Kampelis.

After the speeches and greetings, the prayer "Eli Eli" was heard from the loudspeaker Mariangela Hadjistamatiou.

As characteristically pointed out by the representative of KISE and president of I.K. Mr. Larissa Kampelis: "How can we save humanity and its intellectual achievements, of which we are heirs? How can we save Europe from a new catastrophe?", Einstein had asked while speaking at London's Royal Albert Hall in October 1933. Perhaps for him it was easier to explore the secret relationship between time and space, to delve into the unfathomable of the universe, than to unravel the tangle of human evil.

So in order to prevent any kind of inhuman act it is necessary to understand the lessons of the Holocaust and the uniqueness of the genocide of the Jews, in order not to allow it to happen again and not to allow it to be lost."

The famous author Christos Chomenidis delivered the keynote speech on "What would we do in their place?".

As part of the event, a wonderful musical program was presented, while the final speech was given by the Metropolitan of Dimitrias and Almyros, Mr. Ignatios.

January 27 was established as the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust by the UN General Assembly on November 1, 2005. With this specific resolution member states are invited to develop educational programs that will transmit the lessons of the Holocaust to future generations in order to help in the prevention of acts of genocide.

January 27 was chosen because it was on this day in 1945 that Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Nazi regime's largest concentration and extermination camp.

With the unanimous decision of the Hellenic Parliament No. 3218/2004 in January 2004 and with the Presidential Decree 31/2005, January 27th was established in Greece as "Day of Remembrance of the Greek Jewish Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust".

In Israel Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Ashoah is observed on the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nisan which is usually in April.

With data from: taxidromos website, 4.2.2024