Holocaust memorial unveiled at University of Thessaloniki

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki unveiled a Holocaust memorial in a ceremony on Thursday in order to commemorate the city’s Jewish community…

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki unveiled a Holocaust memorial in a ceremony on Thursday in order to commemorate the city’s Jewish community, which was persecuted during the German occupation. The monument was designed by the president of the University’s Fine and Applied Arts Department Xenis Sachinis.

Present at the ceremony were the Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Zeev Elkin, the University’s rector and deans, the Israeli ambassador in Greece Arye Mekel, the president of the Israeli Community of Thessaloniki David Saltiel, the mayor of Thessaloniki Yannis Boutaris, the regional governor of Central Macedonia Apostolos Tzitzikostas and the director of Foreign Affairs Ministry’s International Relations office Thanos Kotsionis.

Mr. Elkin told reporters that it is a duty to remember those who were lost and to continue their traditions and revealed that the State of Israel will provide scholarships in association with various academic institutes, in support of the Jewish Studies Chair at the University. Mr. Saltiel praised the University for its move and the artist for submitting his work.

It has been estimated that about 96% of Thessaloniki’s once-burgeoning Jewish population was annihilated during the German occupation, marking one of the greatest Greek tragedies during the Holocaust.

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