Greece

Greek Jews unveil monument that hid them from Nazis

Greek-Jews thanked the residents of the village of Amarantos in Karditsa who protected them or their relatives from the Nazis during the Second World War. During a ceremony on Sunday, a monument of "eternal gratitude and recognition" was unveiled in the village to commemorate the event. "Those residents who are still living and those of you who have passed, have...

Netanyahu visits Thessaloniki synagogue

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara on Thursday visited a Thessaloniki synagogue together with Jewish community president DavidSaltiel, Thessaloniki Rabbi Yisrael Aharon, Mayor Yiannis Boutaris and Jewish community leaders. “This is very moving to be here in this architectural gem, but more than being a beautiful building, it’s evocative of the great history and the...

Nikos Stavroulakis, activist promoting Jewish life and heritage in Greece, dies

Nikos Stavroulakis, an artist, scholar, and prominent activist promoting Jewish life and heritage in Greece, has died. Stavroulakis died on Friday in Chania, on the island of Crete. He was 85. “The world of Greek Jewry owes Nikos so much,” Marcia Haddad Ikonomopoulos, museum director of Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum in New York, wrote in a post...

Greek Jews condemn antisemitism denial by leading cartoonist

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece has sharply condemned an article and cartoon by journalist and cartoonist Stathis (Stavropoulos) in which the author attempts to describe criticising antisemitic criticism of Israel as merely an attempt to annul such political criticism. The article is accompanied by a cartoon which pictures free opinion killed by Israel. The article...

Two Greek families honoured by Yad Vashem for saving Jews during the Holocaust

Two Greek families have been selected to receive medals for their selfless rescue of Jews during the German occupation by the Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Israel, in a ceremony to be held on May 15. Ioannis and Katina Perraki and Dimitra Dimopoulou are to receive medals for rescuing Esther Malach Battinou and Moses Battinos,...

Greek Jews slam antisemitic remarks by Orthodox bishop

A Greek Orthodox bishop has been sharply criticised by the local Jewish community after he made a series of antisemitic remarks following the Church’s refusal to send him as its representative to the Easter Festival of the Holy Fire at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Following  the Synad’s decision to replace Bishop Seraphim, the Metropolitan...