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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...

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...

Jews in Greece Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day

On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) has said that the responsibility to pass on the memory of the Holocaust “is a sacred mission.” In a statement, KIS...

97-Year-Old Nazi Secretary Guilty of Complicity in 10,500 Murders

A 97-year-old woman who worked as a secretary for the Nazi commander of the Stutthof concentration camp has been convicted of complicity in the murders of over 10,500 people at the camp. Irmgard Furchner was employed as a shorth-hand typist...

Kristallnacht: The Holocaust and the 9th of November

The Holocaust ended eighty-one years and two months ago. Yet, for some, that was still not long ago enough to have made the memories any less painful. No one certainly wishes to celebrate the event—nor, however, do we wish to...

Greek Self-Sacrifice at Arkadi is a Universal Symbol for Freedom

To this day, the "Holocaust of Arkadi" remains a universal symbol of self-sacrifice for freedom in the face of barbarism while filling another page in the glorious history of Greece. It was November 9, 1866 when over a thousand brave...

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

Pfizer's CEO Albert Bourla announced last week that he is donating his $1 million Genesis Prize towards establishing a holocaust museum in Thessaloniki, Greece. Dr. Bourla, 60, said he was donating the entire sum to the museum in his native...

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...