Greek town slammed after it nixes Holocaust memorial for displaying Star of David

Mayor of Kavala's decision supported by majority of city council.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 16, 2015 08:45
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Star of David

Star of David. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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The mayor of the northern Greek city of Kavala has been roundly criticized after he decided to stop the unveiling of a Holocaust memorial because it featured a Star of David.

1,484 Jews from the city were murdered by the Nazis.

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Mayor Dimitra Tsanaka's decision was supported by the majority of the city’s municipal council, Greek news outlet Ekathimerini reported on Friday. 

The Greek Education Ministry’s general secretary Giorgos Kalatzis said Friday that Kavala risked being the first Greek city to turn down a monument raised for its own citizens, Ekathimerini reported.

The Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KISE) attacked the decision as “unacceptable, immoral and insulting,” according to Ekathimerini.

American Jewish groups also slammed the decision.

"There are no words to express adequately our shock and dismay at this news," said American Jewish Committee Executive Director David Harris on Friday.



"How can it be that the eternal symbol of the Jewish people – the very symbol that the Nazis required Jews to wear in the death camps and ghettos of Europe during the Second World War – is deemed unfit for public display in Kavala? What gall for the Jewish community to be asked to remove the Star of David as a condition for allowing the monument to be displayed," Harris said.

Harris said the AJC applauded Kalatzis', response to the news from Kavala.

"As an Orthodox Christian, I feel deeply insulted by this issue, because it would be as if someone asked us to erase or modify for 'aesthetic reasons' the symbol of the cross on the tombs of our grandfathers executed by the Germans," the AJC quoted Kalatzis as saying.

The Anti Defamation League similarly slammed the move to cancel the Holocaust memorial in a statement it released on Friday.

“To object to a Star of David on the monument is morally reprehensible,” said ADL Director Abraham H. Foxman.

“Kavala’s Jews were killed because they were Jews, and the value of a monument is to make that fact demonstrably clear," Foxman said. 

"The mayor and the city council have insulted the memory of victims, the Greek Jewish community, and Jews around the world, and we join with the Greek Jewish community in voicing our outrage,” he added.

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