From the 8th to the 10th of July 2023, together with Giorgos Nasioula, Maria Papadopoulou and Andriani Chouliara, students of the 2022nd High School of the Arta Music School in the 2023-XNUMX school year, we made an educational trip to the Auschwitz State Museum and Memorial – Birkenau and Krakow.
The trip was organized by the General Secretariat of Religious Affairs of Y.PAI.TH.A. and the Jewish Museum of Greece and it involved an inter-school group of 32 students and 5 teachers from schools in Athens, Arta, Heraklion and Tripoli who were awarded or distinguished in the 9th Student Short Film Competition on the theme "The Holocaust and the Greek Jews".
With a rich two days of events the Municipality of Artaion celebrated the Memorial Day of the Jewish Community of Arta again this year. The events started on Saturday 18 March 2023 and ended on Sunday 19, with actions that included an elaborate program of honor for those forcibly displaced and tortured by the Nazi atrocity of the Second World War. The goal of the Municipal Authority, but also of the clubs that contributed to the program of events, was not to forget the crimes against humanity and the grim fate that the Nazis reserved for Jews.
Thus, on Saturday morning, it took place in the spiritual roof of the Skoufas M/F Association "Choral Music from the Concentration Camps", with Antonios Verberis, teacher of the Department of Music Studies, and the Choir of the Department of Music Studies of the University of Ioannina sang.
Then it became "Report to Iosif Lachanas" with speakers Theoharis Vadivoulis, lawyer - graphologist - historical researcher, Bella Aaron, Vice President O.P.A.I.E. and Dorit Perry, representative of the organization "Giving a face to the fallen". This was followed by a tribute from the choir of the 15rd Gymnasium of the Arta Music School with a message from the President of the XNUMX-member group. At Saturday's events, there was also a special tribute to the recently deceased Mayor of Ioannito, Moses Elisaf, with the philologist Katerina Schishinou, speaking about "the end of an era".
The Municipality of Arta and the Music and Philological Association of Arta "Skoufas" commemorated in 2022 the day of the arrest of the Jews of Arta on March 26, i.e. exactly 78 years after the most massive loss of human resources for the city of Arta in the 20th century.
The events started on the morning of Saturday 26.3.2022 with a walk to places of Jewish interest with the researcher of the history of the former Israelite Community of Arta, Theohari Vadivoulis.
This was followed by the ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial, which included a memorial service by the Rabbi of Athens Gabriel Negrin and greetings from officials.