The Greek Foreign Ministry condemned anti-Semitic graffiti found on a synagogue and Holocaust memorial in Larissa in a statement released on Friday, describing the act as “abhorrent” and “heinous.”
According to a press release by the Jewish Community of Larissa, a middle-aged man holding an Orthodox icon, spray-painted the words “Jesus Christ Conquers” and a Christogram on both the Holocaust memorial and the synagogue.
The disturbing display of intolerance shocked the community, who informed the police and are planning to file a lawsuit.
In its statement, the Greek Foreign Ministry wrote, “This abhorrent act offends the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and is not in line with Greek culture and the values of Greek society.”
The Ministry called Greeks to stand up against such acts, stating, “Such actions remind us of the need to be vigilant in defending our moral values against racism, hatred, and bigotry.”
Before the Holocaust, Greece was home to a vibrant Jewish community, especially in Thessaloniki and Ioannina.
Currently, the Greek Jewish community has reduced to just a few thousand people. Many Greek Jews were killed in concentration camps or emigrated to Israel or the US after the war.