During his second day of his official visit to Israel on Wednesday, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the Holocaust Memorial and located the name of his aunt at the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations in Jerusalem.
Trees are planted in the Garden in memory of non-Jews who have been proven to have saved the lives of Jews during the Holocaust.
Among the names of all the Greeks at the memorial is that of the Prime Minister’s own aunt, Evangelia Georgiadou.
“This is a special moment for me. Evangelia Georgiadou was my grandmother’s younger sister. She was my aunt. I remember her vividly. She did an act of bravery during the war like many other non-Jews who are honored as the Righteous among the Nations,” Mitsotakis said.
Georgiadou, a mother of two, who lived during the German occupation in the Athenian suburb of Philothei, helped save a Jewish girl named Yvette Ventura by offering her a place of refuge in her home.
The Georgiadou family warmly welcomed the little Jewish girl, offering her shelter despite being completely aware of the danger. Yvette was simply treated as the third child in the family from the beginning of 1944 until the Germans evacuated Athens in October of 1944.
“This personal story,” Mitsotakis said, reminds us that “every name written on this monument tells us a personal story of bravery.”
“For me it is very important to be here and to honor the memory of Evangelia Georgiadou as her name honors all Greeks.”