Saturday Jul 26, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
32o C
23o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Thessaloniki's Jewish community marks WWII Nazi deportation

Jewish residents of the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki gathered Saturday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the roundup and deportation of this city's Jews to Nazi extermination camps in World War II.

Several hundred people gathered at the city's Eleftherias (Freedom) Square, where the first batch of Jews were rounded up by the occupying German forces on March 15, 1943.

The crowd held a moment of silence and then marched to the city's old railway station, where the first trains departed for the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex. A short ceremony was held at the station and flowers laid on the tracks.

Speakers included the city's mayor, Yannis Boutaris, and Holocaust survivors.

"The commemoration is an honor for the city of Thessaloniki. But some people look upon this era nostalgically and are bringing back the old Nazi symbols, said David Saltiel, leader of the city's Jewish community. He was referring to the emergence of the extreme right wing Golden Dawn, a party with neo-Nazi roots that swept into Parliament for the first time last June on an anti-immigrant platform.

On that day in March, 2,800 departed for the concentration camp.

"We were packed 80 to a train ... when we arrived, they sent a number straight to the crematoriums and kept some of us for work. We were beaten often by the guards, recalled Holocaust survivor Moshe Haelion.

Another survivor of the camps, Zana Santicario-Saatsoglou, described how, for many years, she was unable to tell her story. My children used to ask me what that number on my arm was, she said, referring to the identification number tattooed on Auschwitz-Birkenau prisoners. I told them it was my old phone number in Thessaloniki."

By August 1943, 46,091 Jews had been deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Of those, 1,950 survived. Fewer than 5,000 of the 80,000 Jews living in Greece survived. The majority, after returning from the camps, emigrated to Israel. Today, the Jewish community in Thessaloniki, which, until the early 20th century formed a slight majority of the city's inhabitants, numbers fewer than 1,000.

The Jews of Thessaloniki were mostly Sephardic Jews, who emigrated after 1492 to escape persecution from Spain which, in that year, had driven the Arabs out of the southern Iberian Peninsula. [AP]

ekathimerini.com , Saturday March 16, 2013 (22:17)  
Government to push troika for concessions as pressure to meet pledges intensifies
New Democracy firing staff as it slashes its expenses
Cypriot president to meet Greek PM during Athens visit
Two killed as single-engine plane comes down outside Sparta
SME minibonds to bypass bank lending
LONDON The first batch of issuance under a minibond program that the Athens Exchange Group (ATHEX) has been promoting to finance Greek SMEs is set for launch after the summer break. Gree...
Fitch upgrades Greek banks bond programs
Fitch Ratings has upgraded the mortgage-covered bond programs of four Greek banks. The banks are National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank, Eurobank Ergasias and Piraeus Bank to B-/Stable/B with a...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Ranieri says he has little to change in Greek national team
The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) presented Claudio Ranieri as the new Greece coach for the next couple of years, after the Italian manager signed his contract in Athens on Friday. I l...
SOCCER
Olympiakos downs AC Milan 3-0 in friendly
Greek champion Olympiakos defeated Italy's AC Milan 3-0 late on Thursday in a friendly match that launched the International Champions Cup in Canada and the US. The result, with goals from A...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Concrete measures
The governments decision to submit draft legislation on key environmental issues during the Parliaments summer session has raised a fair amount of controversy. Most prominent are the bills...
EDITORIAL
Education needs skills
The Education Ministry has been somewhat unfortunate over the past two years. Other than the myriad problems they have already faced, the politicians who have been appointed to run it contin...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Government to push troika for concessions as pressure to meet pledges intensifies
2. New Democracy firing staff as it slashes its expenses
3. Cypriot president to meet Greek PM during Athens visit
4. Two killed as single-engine plane comes down outside Sparta
5. Cretan priest missing since early July found dead in ravine
6. Search under way for investment firm owner who made off with 1.5 mln euros
more news
Today
This Week
1. Concrete measures
2. Tanzania's central banks takes over FBME
3. Fitch upgrades Greek banks bond programs
4. SME minibonds to bypass bank lending
5. Education needs skills
6. ELSTAT president slams decision to reopen probe
Today
This Week
1. Greece seen in third bailout as bonds not enough, economists say
2. Climber dies in Mount Olympus fall
3. Greek sovereign debt at 174.1 percent of GDP in first quarter
4. Unequal after death
5. Hedge fund Dromeus turns Greek tragedy to triumph with 160 pct gain
6. Quadriplegic woman on life support 'dies due to unpaid power bills'
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.