Greece: Leftist newspaper publishes cartoons demonizing Israel

Via Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Two sketches by Michalis Kountouris, with strong messages of demonisation of Israel and unacceptable parallelism with the Holocaust, were published in the “Efimerida Syntakton” (EFSYN. – “Editors’ Journal”) on 10th and 11th April 2018. The sketches were commented on with the following article entitled “Bloody Handprints” – published in the issue of the EFSYN of 16.4.18 – by the journalist and General Secretary of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Victor Is. Eliezer.

The sketches also stirred a reaction from Israel’s Ambassador to Greece, Ms. Irit Ben-Abba (letter to the EFSYN 11/4/2018), and journalist Dimitris Psarras (through his article “We do not Forget the Holocaust” EFSYN  16/4/2018).

  • Victor Is. Eliezer: “Bloody Handprints” EFIMERIDA SYNTAKTON  16/4/2018

Yom Hashoah. Holocaust Day, 11th April 2018. The Jews mourn for their 6,000,000 fellow Jews who were unjustly and brutally killed in the gas chambers of the Nazi camps! On the same day, in Greece, the “EFSYN”, known for its merciless struggle against anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism, hosted a sketch in which an Israeli soldier leaves the prints of his bloodied hands on the Wailing Wall, next to many other bloody handprints of other people who apparently prayed before him. You know, all the Jews have visited the Wailing Wall, many of us pray and touch the Wall that is what is left of the Temple of Solomon. The bloody handprints, according to the cartoonist, could be the bloody handprints of every Jew who has visited the Wailing Wall!  One day earlier, another sketch (by the same cartoonist) appeared in the newspaper, where the Gaza Strip was identified with a prisoner of Nazi concentration camps.

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Rede von Jannis Boutáris, Oberbürgermeister von Thessaloniki, zum Holocaust-Gedenktag

Via Initiativgruppe ΠΟΠ & Jürgen Rompf

Rede von Jannis Boutáris, Oberbürgermeister von Thessaloniki. Gehalten wurde diese Rede am Gedenktag an den Holocaust, am 28. Januar 2018, aus Anlass der Grundsteinlegung des Neuen Jüdischen Museums in Thessaloniki.

Jannis Boutáris, Oberbürgermeister von Thessaloniki, setzte mit einer Rede Ende Januar in Thessaloniki einen Meilenstein. Deutlich wie noch nie jemand zuvor brandmarkte er die Indifferenz des griechischen Staates und vieler Bürger Thessalonikis gegenüber dem Schicksal der jüdischen Gemeinde der nordgriechischen Metropole. Das „Jerusalem des Balkans“ war im Zweiten Weltkrieg zerstört worden, seine Bewohner zum größten Teil in den deutschen Konzentrationslagern ums Leben gekommen. Boutáris engagiert sich seit Jahren dafür, alle Facetten der Geschichte der Stadt zur Sprache zu bringen. Die Rede, in der Übersetzung von Hans Eideneier, wurde am Mittwoch, 7. März 2018 in der GRIECHENLAND ZEITUNG veröffentlicht! Die Rede auf Griechisch finden sie hier auf der offiziellen Webseite der Stadt Thessaloniki.


Im Sommer 1945 trat Buena Sarfatí einmal vor die Tür ihres Hauses. Eine Jüdin mit dreißig Jahren, eine Salonikianerin von Großvater zu Großvater, war Buena vor kurzem nach Thessaloniki zurückgekehrt aus den Bergen, wohin sie geflohen war, anfangs zu den Kampfverbänden der EDES (Nationale Republikanische Liga), später zur EAM (Nationale Volksbefreiungsfront) und zuletzt auf der Flucht nach Palästina. Ihr Bruder Eliaou, ihre Schwester Regina, ihre hundertjährige Großmutter Miriam und ihre Tanten hatten nicht das gleiche Glück. Aus dem Wagon des Zuges, der sie nach Auschwitz-Birkenau bringen sollte, sahen sie die Stadt, die man das „Jerusalem des Balkans“ nannte, an jenem Tag im Frühjahr 1943 zum letzten Mal. Wenige Stunden nach ihrer Ankunft wurden sie zusammen mit weiteren tausend Glaubensgenossen in die Krematorien gebracht. Ihr Leben und mit ihnen das Leben des jüdischen Thessaloniki, unseres Thessaloniki, war zur Asche geworden, die über die unwirtlichen Gefilde Polens verstreut wurde.

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El Maleh Rachamim prayer in Holocaust Memorial ceremony in Ioannina, Greece (2014)

Cantor Haim Ischakis performs El Maleh Rachamim at the Kahal Kadosh Yashan Synagogue in Ioannina, Greece. The video was recorded on Sunday, March 30, 2014 during the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony for the remembrance of the 70 years since the Nazi deportations of Greek Jews. More than 500 people from all over the world, including foreign Diplomats and local dignitaries, attended this moving ceremony organized by the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) and the historical Romaniote local Jewish Community.

Articles about the ceremony:

Greece’s Romaniote Jews remember a catastrophe and grapple with disappearing (JTA)

Greece’s Last Romaniote Jews Remember a Catastrophe (JTA)

Greece: Holocaust memorial destroyed in Kavala

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Kavala Mayor Dimitra Tsanaka in front of the destroyed Holocaust memorial, 30/3/2017 via kavalapost.gr

A Holocaust memorial in Kavala, northern Greece, has been partially destroyed in a deliberate act of vandalism, kavalapost.gr reported today. The attack occured only a few days after the desecration with paint of the Holocaust monument in Arta.

The municipality of Kavala has condemned the vandalism promising to fully restore the monument and take the necessary measures to apprehend those responsible.

Though guarded by the police during the night, this is the second vandalism of the newly erected Kavala Holocaust memorial: Just two weeks after the unveiling ceremony on June 7, 2015, the monument was desecrated by a blue paint attack.

Update, 31.03.2017: The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece has expressed in a statement its “deep concern: these acts of desecration show in an obvious way that anti-Semitism -an antisemitism almost without Jews-, racism, and intolerance survive and lurk everywhere in every moment. Every moral, political or other act of legitimation of the nostalgic pro-Nazis increases the risk of the revival of anti-Semitism and of the expansion of such incidents that threaten the values of a modern and democratic society and darken the prestige of our country. Prosecutors should take all necessary measures to arrest the vandals responsible and bring them to justice.” (full statement here)

Relevant: Vandals smash Holocaust memorial in northern Greece (ekathimerini.com, 30.03.2017)

»Küsse für die Kinder« – Filmvorführung und Gespräch

[via stiftung-denkmal.de]

1. Dezember 2016, 18 Uhr, Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas, Ort der Information, Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin

Versteckt hinter einer Fensterscheibe, muss die damals 10-jährige Rosina Asser-Pardo den Deportationszug der jüdischen Bevölkerung aus dem griechischen Saloniki mit ansehen. Unter den Menschen auf der Straße erkennt sie ihre Großmutter. So wie Rosina sind auch Iossif, Eftyhia, Shelly und Marios bei nicht-jüdischen Familien versteckt. »Küsse für die Kinder« lässt die Erinnerungen der fünf Protagonisten aufleben und berichtet vom jüdischen Leben in Griechenland vor dem Einmarsch der Nationalsozialisten 1941 und von Kindheiten im Schatten des Holocaust.

Eine Anmeldung per Mail unter info [at] stiftung-denkmal.de bis spätestens 29. November 2016 ist erforderlich.

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Der Trailer des Dokumentarfilms von Vassilis Loules kann hier angeschaut werden [englische Untertitel können eingeschaltet werden]:

Ein kurzer Abschnitt des Filmes mit englischen Untertiteln ist hier vorhanden:

Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria

We woke up one morning, and we saw black snow. It had snowed, and it did not usually snow in March. My grandmother said that “Something will happen, something bad will happen”. 

Kastoria, March 1944, from the clip “Black Snow”

[On the night of March 24, 1944, the Jewish population of the city was arrested and detained in the Girls’ High School of Kastoria. Three days later, 763 people, and a small number of Yugoslavian Jews who had found refuge in Kastoria were transported to Thessaloniki on vans and then to Poland, never to come back again. via]

Synopsis via trezoros.com

trezoros_kastoria_dokumentary“Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria” is a moving documentary that illuminates the lives of a Sephardic community in Greece whose story speaks for all people who have been decimated by war and discrimination. The story is set in the beautiful, idyllic city of Kastoria where Jews and Christians lived in harmony for over two millennia.

In October of 1940 it would all be destroyed after the invasion of Greece by Axis forces. Initially occupied by Italy, the Jewish community remained safe. After Mussolini fell from power the Nazis took control of the town, dooming the community that had existed since the times of the Roman Empire.

The film uses never-before-seen archival footage, vibrantly bringing to life just one of the many Jewish communities that had existed in Greece before the end of World War II. TREZOROS (Ladino/Judeo-Spanish term of endearment meaning “Treasures”) is a highly emotional story told by it’s survivors, with interviews filmed on location in Kastoria, Thessaloniki, Athens, Tzur Moshe, Tel Aviv, Miami, Los Angeles and New York.

Directors: Lawrence Russo, Larry Confino

[…] For the directors Lawrence Russo and Larry Confino, who are cousins and whose forefathers were Kastoriani, this was more than a family project. Releasing precious oral history narrated by a small group of people, the superbly crafted documentary tells of the suffering of one town, but calls forth the universal quality of community resilience in the face of horrendous odds.

The directors seamlessly and without artifice combine interviews with highly personable men and women of the Sephardic community which was in the 1930s a substantial presence in Kastoria, a stronghold of the Greek Orthodox Church but where Jews and Christians lived in harmony for hundreds of years. The Jewish populace of Kastoria dating from the times of the Roman empire, were to be all but wiped out by the Holocaust.

Compared with the tragedies that hit their co-religionists in much of Europe, the fate of Greek Jews is inadequately known. This film graphically puts that right as far as Kastoria is concerned. On a larger scale, Thessaloniki had 50,000 Jews before World War II and was known as the Jerusalem of Greece. Today there are only about 600 of the faith living in Greece’s second city. [James Brewer, allaboutshipping.co.uk]

Anti-Israel banner at Democritus University

Members of Left Anti-capitalist Group (Aristeri Antikapitalistiki Syspirosi) have displayed at the entrance of the Law Faculty at Democritus University (Thrace, Northern Greece) a banner which suggests that Israel is commiting genocide against Palestinians, grassrootreuter blog has reported. It reads: “Not another Holocaust. Solidarity to the Palestinians.”

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Photo credit: MotionTeam / Vassilis Ververidis, undated

The photo featuring the antisemitic banner has been published in the leftwing daily newspaper Efimerida ton Syntakton to illustrate an article about a discrimination issue at Democritus University.

Greece: Another antisemitic headline

Eleutheri_Ora_25_April_2016Via Yannis Ikonomou

“GREEK PARLIAMENT TURNED INTO JEWISH SYNAGOGUE”

This is today’s headline on one of the many Nazi gutter newspapers in Greece. It refers to the hanging of a commemorative plaque in the Greek Parliament with the names of all Jewish Members of the Greek Parliament who perished in the Holocaust. All political parties attended the ceremony save for the Nazi Golden Party.

Related: Antisemitism in Greek newspaper: Ridiculous or dangerous? By Antonis Gazakis

Volos City Council refused to adopt a resolution commemorating the Holocaust

The majority of the municipal council of Volos, a coastal port city in Thessaly, has reportedly refused to adopt a resolution commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. The opposition which initiated the resolution accused the president of the municipal council, George Moulas, of complicity with the Nazi Golden Dawn party.

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Rabbi Moshe Pesach in 1939. Source: Wikipedia

The Volos Jewish community has arguably been in existence since the ancient Greek Empire.  Last year, Rabbi Moshe Shimon Pessach, an outstanding rabbinic and communal leader whose efforts saved the Jewish community of Volos from the German Nazis, was posthumously honored in Israel. Rabbi Pesach initiated and orchestrated the rescue of the Jewish community with the help of the Bishop of Volos, Joachim Alexopoulos and other non-Jews, saving 74 percent of the Jewish community in a country where 85 percent of the Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. [More information: “The Rabbi and Bishop Who Saved a Greek Jewish Community” by Anav Silverman, April 2015]

Πρόσφυγας στην ίδια σου τη χώρα / Becoming refugee in your native land

Στο πλαίσιο του καλλιτεχνικού εγχειρήματος “Διασπορές” / In the framework of “Diasporas”, an art project focusing on art, migration and diaspora in Thessaloniki and beyond.

Ιωσήφ Βαένα / Iosif Vaena: “Πρόσφυγας στην ίδια σου τη χώρα: οι Εβραίοι που επέστρεψαν απο το Άουσβιτς στη Θεσσαλονίκη / Becoming refugee in your native land: the Jews who returned from Auschwitz to Salonica” (στα Ελληνικά / in Greek)

Περίληψη Παρουσίασης / Presentation Summary:

Η προσφυγιά είναι μια παράξενη κατάσταση. Στην συζήτηση θα ανακαλύψουμε το πώς οι Εβραίοι της Θεσσαλονίκης – των οποίων η ιστορική παρουσία είναι τουλάχιστον 2100 χρόνων και πλειοψηφία ζει τουλάχιστον 520 χρόνια στην πόλη – κατέληξαν πρόσφυγες στην ίδια τους την πόλη μετά το Ολοκαύτωμα και το πώς σήμερα συνυπάρχει η αίσθηση του ιθαγενή και πρόσφυγα ταυτόχρονα.

The condition of being a refugee is a strange one. In our discussion we will discover how the Jews of Thessaloniki –whose historical existence is at least 2100 years old and whose majority lives for at least 520 years in the city – ended up being refugees in their own city after the Holocaust, and how today the sense of being indigenous as well as a refugee simultaneously coexist.

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Μικρή Βιογραφία:

Ο Ιωσήφ Βαένα είναι φαρμακοποιός και στον ελεύθερο χρόνο του συλλέγει εβραϊκές ταφόπλακες από τον Θερμαϊκό. Ελπίζει μια μέρα να μάθει ποιός τις έριξε εκεί.

Iosif Vaena is a pharmacist and in his free time he collects Jewish tombstones from the gulf of Thermaikos. He hopes that one day he will find out who threw them out there.

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Στοιχεία Παρουσίασης / Presentation Information:

Τόπος / Place: Πολιτιστικό Κέντρο Βαβυλωνία, Βύρωνος 3, 54622, Θεσσαλονίκη / Babylonia Cultural Center, 3 Vironos st., 54623, Thessaloniki

Ημερομηνία και Ώρα / Date and Time: 17.10.15, 18:00-21:00 (σειρά παρουσιάσεων / series of presentations)

Γλώσσα Παρουσίασης / Presentation Language: Ελληνικά / Greek

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http://thess.gr/blog/author/mayor-rison

Via diasporaplace.com  [h/t grassrootreuter.wordpress.com]