Greece joins the March of the Living initiative in commemoration of Kristallnacht

On the night of November 9-10, 1938, the Nazis organized the murder of Jews and the burning of 1,400 synagogues and Jewish institutions in Germany and Austria as part of the ״ Kristallnacht ״ pogrom. This event is one of the pivotal moments that led up to the Holocaust.

To commemorate this historic event and to protest the increase in anti-Semitic events and hate crimes, the International March of the Living launched the global initiative ‘Let There Be Light’ in which individuals, institutions and places of worship from all religions leave their homes. lights lit during the night of November 9, as a symbol of mutual responsibility and the shared struggle against anti-Semitism, racism, hatred and intolerance.

In addition to the screening at Thessaloniki City Hall, messages from around the world will be screened on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Great Synagogue in Budapest, the Warsaw Central Synagogue and the Jewish Community Building in Jerusalem Square. in Paris.

Israel’s President Isaac Herzog welcomed the initiative, commenting that, “Among the horrors of the Holocaust, a central and painful place is reserved for Kristallnacht, the terrible pogrom against the Jews of Germany and Austria that symbolizes the point of inflection in the extermination of European Jewry. The night of Kristallnacht heralded the crossing of a fateful line, the signal to renounce all restraint. In one night, an underlying sentiment of anti-Semitism became the open expression of many. We are all engaged to fight and uproot every incarnation of anti-Semitism. We will continue to do everything we can to remember, commemorate and ensure that such horrible events are a thing of the past, and only of the past. “

The European Commission coordinator to combat anti-Semitism, Katherina Von Schnurbein, said: “Eighty-three years after Pogrom night-time anti-Semitism is on the rise, attacks on Jews are still a reality. The European Union is united and determined to roll back anti-Semitism through words and actions and ensure the safety of all Europeans, regardless of their religion or beliefs, ethnic identity or skin color. “Mayor of Thessaloniki Konstantinos Zervas (Credit: Courtesy)

Thessaloniki Mayor Konstantinos Zervas noted: “The city of Thessaloniki participates in the global initiative ‘LetThereBeLight’ of the International March of the Living, in honor of the memory of all the victims of the Holocaust and especially the 50,000 innocent Jews of Thessaloniki, 20% of the population of our city in 1943, who were deported and annihilated in the Nazi concentration camps. We do not forget. On the occasion of the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, we reaffirm our firm conviction in the fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred. For a more humane, more compassionate and brighter world. “

David Albalas, president of the Red Viva European March added: “Kristallnacht was the beginning of the great Jewish catastrophe. People, states and governments must understand that the first symptoms always show the dangerous disease. Kristallnacht was the first symptom of the crazy Nazi ideology that killed 6 million Jews. “

David Saltiel, president of the Central Board of the Jewish Communities of Greece and president of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki.  (Credit: Courtesy)David Saltiel, president of the Central Board of the Jewish Communities of Greece and president of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki. (Credit: Courtesy)

David Saltiel, president of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and president of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, said.

“The sad anniversary of Kristallnacht reminds us that we must always remain vigilant against intolerance, racism, anti-Semitism as we combat the forgetfulness and deliberate distortion of the Holocaust.”

Dr. Shmuel Rosenman, President of the March of the Living (Credit: Courtesy)Dr. Shmuel Rosenman, President of the March of the Living (Credit: Courtesy)

Dr. Shmuel Rosenman, President of the March of the Living, said: “The International March of the Living organization has been dedicated to educating about the Holocaust and fighting anti-Semitism. Tonight, 83 years since “Kristallnacht”, we call on the world to stop, even for a moment, to remember the horrors of the past and to put up a bright warning sign against the anti-Semitism that it still blatantly raises. head. I congratulate the European countries participating in the “Let there be light” initiative for clearly remembering the past and in support of the common fight against anti-Semitism. We will continue to work to ensure that Never means never. “



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