(Brussels, 24 March 2021) European Jewish Congress (EJC) President Dr. Moshe Kantor congratulated the Hellenic Republic ahead of the two-hundredth anniversary of its independence on March 25th 2021.
“On this joyous anniversary of 200 years of the fulfilment of freedom and democracy in Greece, we extend our warmest congratulations to the Greek people,” Dr. Kantor said.
“Greece has always been very proud of its ancient and vibrant Jewish community, whose rich tradition is a gift to the Jewish world,” Dr. Kantor added.
“For their part, Jewish Greeks have played an integral role in public life in the country, distinguishing themselves in various societal fields, such as science, culture, and the arts, and contributing to the rich mosaic that is the Greek nation.”
“We will never forget how during the darkest hour of the Holocaust, which saw the near-destruction of Greek Jewry, many fellow Greeks protected their Jewish neighbours, and especially, we will never forget the courage of the 357 Greek Righteous Among the Nations.”
“Throughout the centuries, Greece has been a beacon for humanity, as the cradle of democracy, philosophy, and Western civilization. Today, it continues to lead the way in various fields, including in the fight against antisemitism, and fostering international cooperation.”
“On behalf of Europe’s Jewish communities, we wish the people of Greece a happy celebration,” Dr. Kantor concluded.