Holocaust

Parents of Pfizer CEO 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. A descendant of the Jews of Greece's second-largest city, Bourla's ancestors,...

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...

Mikis Theodorakis Wrote the Most Beautiful Music on the Holocaust

Mikis Theodorakis, the Greek composer who is renowned around the world, is credited for writing the most beautiful music on the Holocaust. The "Mauthausen Trilogy," also known as "The Ballad of Mauthausen" is a cycle of four arias with lyrics...

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

The Holocaust of the Greek Jews was the darkest episode 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 the total...

‘Cloudy Sunday’: The Untold Story of Jewish Greeks in Thessaloniki

"Cloudy Sunday" tells the poignant and tragic story of the Greek-Jewish population of Thessaloniki during WWII. As part of its "Always on Sunday" program, the Hellenic Film Society will be streaming the historical drama from January 3 to February...

Holocaust Survivor Vaccinated in Thessaloniki

A Holocaust survivor was the first to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in the inoculation campaign that started in Thessaloniki's nursing homes.

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...

Greek PM Tells Touching Story of Heroic Aunt at Jerusalem's Garden of the Righteous

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...

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...

92-Year-Old Greek Heroine Meets Jewish Family She Helped Save During Holocaust

92-year-old Melpomeni Dina, from the town of Veria in northern Greece, met for the first time on Sunday in Jerusalem the descendants of a Jewish family she helped save during the Holocaust. One by one, the 40 descendants of the...