Greece to take over IHRA presidency

Greece will assume the rotating presidency of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in April, the foreign ministry said, as yet another Jewish memorial was vandalised overnight.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexandros Papaioannou said Athens would take over the IHRA presidency on April 1.

“We attach particular importance” to the event, he said, adding that Greece’s first-ever IHRA presidency would focus on education.

Antisemitism remains a problem in Greece, whose Jewish community was nearly wiped out during the Holocaust.

The Central board of Jewish communities in Greece, the country’s EJC affiliate, said a recently completed mural about the Jews of Thessaloniki, 50,000 of whom were exterminated in Nazi death camps, had been vandalized.

In October 2020, several Jewish cemeteries and a Holocaust memorial had also been vandalized after the leaders of Greek neo-Nazi organization Golden Dawn were jailed in a landmark trial.

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