The President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopios Pavlopoulos, officially opened the new wing of the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki on October 27th, 2019.
In his remarks, President Pavlopoulos noted the need to remember that the Holocaust was the most atrocious crime against humanity at a time when admirers of Nazism and fascism are emerging again in Europe.
President Pavlopoulos highlighted the need to remember, for the sake of humanity, that the Holocaust was the most atrocious crime of all because it insulted human existence itself and totally discredited the value of human life and individual freedom and dignity. ”So, it can never happen again, at any cost,” Pavlopoulos declared. The President of the Republic said that he would like the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki to serve as a beacon for the fulfillment of the self-evident and permanent duty to remember those crimes against humanity.
David Saltiel, President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, EJC’s affiliate declared to the President that “we consider your presence here as another contribution from you and from the Greek state against antisemitism in an international environment that tends to forget the atrocities of the past.”
The once large, vibrant and active Jewish community of Thessaloniki was almost totally wiped out by the atrocities of the Nazi forces and their collaborators during the dark years of World War II.