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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.

Holocaust Survivor Killed in Russian Attack on Kharkiv, Ukraine

Holocaust survivor Boris Romanchenko, who lived through four separate concentration camps, was killed on Friday during a Russian attack on the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine. Romanchenko, 96, survived the horrors of Buchenwald, Peenemunde, Dora, and Bergen-belsen during the Holocaust, only...

Greece Marks Departure of First Death Train for Thessaloniki Jews

Greece marks on March 15 the anniversary of the departure in 1943 of the first train from Thessaloniki taking Jews to Auschwitz death camp.

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...

Pfizer’s Bourla Donates $1 Million to Holocaust Memory Causes in Greece

Pfizer's CEO Albert Bourla announced recently he is donating $1 million to Holocaust memory causes in his native Thessaloniki, Greece. In an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Bourla said that he is committed to helping preserve the Jewish history...

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Alarming Rise in Antisemitism in Social Media

On Holocaust Remembrance Day published research shows that antisemitism is rife in social media. As the world remembers Nazi atrocities and commemorates the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, German parliament speaker Baerbel Bas noted that...

How the Parents of Pfizer’s Bourla Narrowly Escaped Death in Holocaust

If it hadn't been for the kindness of an uncle and the insight of his grandfather, Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla, a Thessaloniki native, would never have been born due to the Holocaust. A descendant of the Jews of Greece's...

Greek-Jewish Holocaust Survivor’s Letter Buried in Auschwitz Uncovered

A Greek-Jewish Holocaust survivor's letter buried in Auschwitz and revealing an astonishing story of human perseverance and courage was restored as a testament to the crimes committed by the Nazi regime. In 1944, Marcel Nadjari, a Greek Jew who was...

The Holocaust of Greek Jews: When 59,000 Perished in Nazi Camps

The Holocaust of the Greek Jews was one of the darkest episodes of the Nazi occupation of the country. Once part of thriving communities in several Greek cities, approximately 59,000 Greek Jews were victims of the Holocaust -- at least 83 percent of...