Many stories, one heart

Jews return en masse to the once Jewish-Greek city of ‘Salonika’ – but only as tourists.

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October 23, 2018 10:30
Many stories, one heart

The writer places a stone on the memorial for the Jewish cemetery. (photo credit: ORIT ARFA)

 
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The slogan of the port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, written on municipal letterhead and garbage trucks is: “Many stories, one heart.”
It was adopted when businessman- turned-mayor, Yiannis Boutaris, assumed office in 2011. He envisioned turning Thessaloniki into an attractive Greek tourism destination at a time when tourists romanticized Athens and the Greek islands. And if there’s any population for whom Thessoliniki holds many stories, it’s the Jewish people, who are returning to “Salonika”— as eager tourists.

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