Statement by the Secretary General for Religious Affairs, G. Kalantzis on the incident of desecration of the Holocaust Memorial in Athens, December 4, 2017
The desecration of the Holocaust Memorial in Athens is a despicable act reminding us of our duty to defend the truth, the justice and the memory of 6,000,000 murdered Jews, among whom 67,000 were Greek Jews. Defending the memory of innocent victims is, at the same time, also the best way to honor the memory of 337 Greek Orthodox Christians who were recognized as “Righteous among the Nations” because when the time came, they honored our country, our history and our culture through their actions.
A text written by Marcel Nadjari, a Greek Jew from Thessaloniki who was deported to Auschwitz and was forced to live the atrocities of this death factory was recently reconstructed. His text reads: They will eliminate us too, now that the command has been given, we are 26 Greeks overall and the remaining ones are Polish. At least we Greeks are determined to die as true Greeks, just like every Greek knows how to die. … … Whenever someone asks after me, simply say that I no longer exist and that I have gone as a true Greek. … …I die content because I know that at this moment our Greece is liberated. My last words will be “Long live Greece”.
Well, our last words will be “We shall not forget”.