Greece joins March Of The Living initiative to commemorate Kristallnacht


Thessaloniki City Hall will be illuminated throughout the night and messages from Holocaust survivors, leaders and students around the world will be projected on its walls.

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 “Crystal Night” pogrom. This event is one of the defining moments that led to the Holocaust.

To mark this historic event and to protest against the rise of anti-Semitic events and hate crimes, the International March of the Living launched the global “Let There Be Light” initiative in which individuals, institutions and places of worship of all confessions let them light up on the night of November 9 as a symbol of mutual accountability and 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 Central Synagogue in Warsaw and the Jewish Community building in the place of Jerusalem in Paris.

The President of Israel, Isaac Herzog welcomed the initiative and said that “among the horrors of the Holocaust, a central and painful place is reserved for Crystal Night, the terrible pogrom against the Jews of Germany and Austria which symbolizes the turning point in the extermination of Europeans. Jewish community. The night of Kristallnacht announced the crossing of a fateful line, the signal to give up all restraint. Overnight, an underlying sense of anti-Semitism became the overt expression of the multitude. We are all determined to fight and uproot all embodiments of anti-Semitism. We will continue to do all we can to remember, commemorate and make such horrific events a thing of the past, and a thing of the past alone. “

European Commission Anti-Semitism Coordinator Katherina Von Schnurbein said: “Eighty-three years after the night of the Pogrom, anti-Semitism is on the rise, attacks on Jews are still a concern. reality. The European Union is united and determined to roll back anti-Semitism through word and deed and ensures the security of all Europeans, whatever their religion or belief, their ethnic identity or the color of their skin.

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

David Albalas, president of the Living Network’s European March, added: “Kristallnacht was the start of the great Jewish catastrophe. People, states, governments must understand that the first symptoms always show the dangerous disease. Crystal Night was the first symptom of the mad Nazi ideology that killed 6 million Jews. “

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