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Jewish Family in US Helps Greeks Who Saved Them From Nazis

A woman whose Jewish family in Greece was saved from the Nazis by a Greek family has found a small way to reciprocate in the US. Josephine Velelli Becker never forgot that brave act to save her Jewish family. Eighty...

The Fascinating History of Romaniote Jews in Greece’s Ioannina

“The Romaniote Jewish Community of Ioannina: A Journey Through Time and Two Nations” was the subject of a fascinating webinar recently.

Combating Antisemitism and Fostering Religious Dialogue in Greece

The Interorthodox Center of the Church of Greece has worked to bring Greek Jews and Orthodox Christians together to help combat antisemitism in Greece. By Evan Bourtis Last October, primary and secondary school teachers from across Attica and Chalkida gathered in...

Greece Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

Greek leaders marked Holocaust Remembrance Day, which observes the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the brutal extermination camp Auschwitz, on Wednesday. After laying a wreath on Athens' Holocaust Memorial, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou stressed that keeping alive the memory...

Greek Embassy Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Ambassador of Greece to the USA, Her Excellency Alexandra Papadopoulou, hosted a commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the presence of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America last Thursday evening. Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated annually worldwide on...

Greece’s Foreign Ministry Condemns Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found on Synagogue, Holocaust Memorial in Larissa

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,...

Oldest Greek Survivor of Auschwitz Passes Away

Esther Cohen, the oldest Greek survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, who became known as a "living testimony" of the Holocaust, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 96. The Ioannina-born Jewish woman, who had had her official camp...

Melbourne Seminar to Portray Misery of a Starving Greece Under Nazi Occupation

Violetta Hionidou, aProfessor of Modern European History at Newcastle University, will present an online lecture about Greece under the years of Nazi occupation on Thursday, October 8th. The lecture, part of the Greek Community of Melbourne’s Greek History and Culture...

US Secretary of State Pompeo Attends Ceremony in Thessaloniki on Yom Kippur

During his whirlwind trip through Greece and the Balkans, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended a Yom Kippur ceremony in the city which once was home to nearly all of Greece's Jews before their numbers were decimated in...

The Holocaust of Greek Jews

Once thriving communities in several Greek cities, about 59,000 Greek Jews were victims of the Holocaust or 83 percent of the total number living in Greece at the time of World War II and the German Occupation. Thessaloniki was the cultural...