Monday, April 10, 2017

Two Holocaust Memorials in Greece Vandalized; Vandals Show Hatred for Murdered Greek Jews

Two Holocaust memorials in Greece were vandalized during the past week, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (April 10, 2017).

In Kavala -- a city in northern Greece -- the marble veneer was smashed with hammers on the evening of April 5. The monument unveiled about a year ago commemorates 1,484 Jews from the city who died in Nazi death camps during World War II.

A few days earlier, a memorial in Arta, in northwestern Greece, was vandalized with paint and the aphorism "Yolo" (You only live once). More than 350 Jews in Arta were arrested in 1944; most of them were sent to Auschwitz where they were murdered by Nazis.

"It is obvious that there are still people disturbed by their Jewish fellow citizens even if the latter are  dead," the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece said in a statement.

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