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Hellenism Honors Memory of Mauthausen Victims

999402Hellenism will honor the memory of 3,700 Greek victims of the Nazi World War II atrocities at the former concentration camp in Mauthausen, Upper Austria, on May 12.

Thrice Holy, call of the dead, speeches, wreath laying and presentation of Mikis Theodorakis’ monumental work Mauthausen will be held during the ceremony.

Representatives of the Greek state and the Republic of Cyprus, as well as the Greek ambassador to Austria, Themistocles Dimidis, will attend the ceremony at the Greek monument in Mauthausen, on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp by the Allied Forces on 5 May, 1945.

The Thrice Holy will be conducted by the Archpriest of the Holy Metropolis of Austria, Ioannis Nikolitsis, representing the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Austria and Exarch of Hungary and Mid-Europe, Arsenios.

Massive delegations and many members of the Greek Diaspora will be sent from Vienna representing many associations, such as the Intercultural Association Macedonia, the Federation of Greek Communities of Austria and the Hellenic Society of Austria. The four songs from Mauthausen will be presented by the band of Vienna The Greeks.

Austria’s state and political leadership will attend the big joint ceremony at Mauthausen’s central monument that will follow the ceremonies at the Greek and other countries’ national monuments. Dozens of official delegations and thousands of pilgrims are expected to be present.

On May 5, the new museum facilities of the former Nazi concentration camp were inaugurated, after five years of renovation.

Theodorakis’ monumental work Mauthausen is based on the poetry of the great theatrical writer and academic Iakovos Kambanelis, who stayed at the concentration camp of Mauthausen for two and a half years and was among the very few survivors. The great Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis set Mauthausen to music in 1966.

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