Kavala mayor apologizes, pledges June unveiling of Jewish memorial

Following a barrage of criticism after blocking the unveiling of a memorial to the city’s 1,484 Jews who perished in a Nazi extermination camp, the mayor of Kavala in northern Greece has apologized to members of the Jewish community and pledged that the inauguration, originally scheduled for last Sunday, will be held next month.

Mayor Dimitra Tsanaka, who had objected to the presence of the Star of David on the monument, said she had done so out of concern that the symbol would become a target for vandals.

Accusing the previous municipal authority of postponing the unveiling five times, Tsanaka said the monument would most likely be revealed on June 7.

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