Sunday, September 7, 2014

Salonika Mayor Wears Star of David at Inaugural; Honors Memory of Jews Exiled by WW II Nazis

The mayor of Salonika -- the second largest city in Greece -- wore a yellow Star of David at his second term inauguration at city hall last week, the Jewish Press website reports today (September 7, 2014).

Mayor Iannis Boutaris, 72, wore the star as a gesture of respect to honor the memory of the Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during World War II, he explained.

The Nazis deported more than 90 percent of Jews from Thessaloniki (Salonika) at the time -- some 60,000 Jews -- and later wiped them out.

Only about 1,200 Jews live in Salonika today.

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