A memorial in honor of Greek Jews killed during World War II was held in Eleftherias Square in Thessaloniki, at the same spot where thousands were rounded up to be deported to Nazi concentration camps some 64 years ago.
More than 50,000 Greek Jews were killed during the Holocaust, decimating Thessaloniki’s once-thriving Jewish community, which now numbers just 1,000 people.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demetris Dollis, said that people of Thessaloniki will always honor the memory of the city’s 50,000 Jews and expressed the wish that no people will ever again experience such tragedies.
The Deputy District Commissioner, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, emphasized the contribution of the Jewish community to the creation of a multicultural character in the city of Thessaloniki. Delegates of the Israelite community also attended the event.
After the memorial, ceremony wreaths were placed at the Holocaust monument.
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