Greece

  • Greek City About to Be Invaded by Jews from Around the World

    The Greek city of Salonika is about to take on a distinctly Jewish flavor. Some 3,000 Israeli basketball fans are expected to descend on the Northern port city for the European final four basketball tournament April 18-20. The fans are coming to watch the Maccabi Tel Aviv team, a tournament participant. Airline tickets from Israel… More ▸

  • Israeli Team in Greece to Help Rescue Trapped Quake Victims

    An Israeli military rescue unit has arrived in Athens to help rescue people trapped in the rubble of the earthquake that shook Athens on Tuesday. Israel had offered its services soon after the quake occurred, but was waiting for a green light from the Greek government. From the time the 73-member team arrived Thursday, it… More ▸

  • Greek Officials Visit Israel to Discuss Strained Relations

    Israeli-Greek relations may be thawing. After months of strain over Israel’s increasingly close military ties with Turkey, Greece’s longstanding rival in the region, a delegation of high-level Greek officials visited Jerusalem this week for what observers said was an attempt to re-establish a constructive bilateral dialogue. During the trip, which also included a visit to… More ▸

  • Greece to Send Archives to U.S. Holocaust Museum

    A book published by the Greek government on the history of Greek Jews includes documents from postwar talks between the Allies and Switzerland on plundered Nazi gold. The book, “Documents on the History of the Greek Jews,” published in English, is based on 159 of the ministry’s files relating to the rich cultural, economic and… More ▸

  • Greece Warily Watches Growing Israeli-turkish Military Relations

    Israel’s growing military links with Turkey may have a distinct downside. Israeli officials have welcomed the bilateral military agreements reached with Turkey during the past year, seeing Ankara as a strong potential ally in a largely hostile Arab world. But Israel’s links with Ankara have the potential to embroil the Jewish state in the decades-old… More ▸

  • Greek Jews Praise Church, Government for Wartime Role

    The Greek Jewish community has issued a statement expressing its gratitude to the government and the Greek Orthodox Church for helping save Jews during the Holocaust. The statement came after Turkey, under fire from Athens for its treatment of its Kurdish minority, accused Greece of turning Jews over to the Nazis. During the war, the… More ▸

  • Greek Jewish Holocaust Victims Honored with Salonika Memorial

    Greece has dedicated a memorial to a once-thriving community of Jews who perished in the Holocaust — a move that some said was aimed at repairing the country’s ties with Israel. In a moving ceremony Sunday in Salonika, Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos unveiled the monument dedicated to the approximately 50,000 Jews from the northern port… More ▸

  • Bust of Greek Jewish Officer Unveiled at Athens War Museum

    The bust of a Greek Jewish colonel who died during the 1940 Italian invasion of Greece was unveiled last week at the War Museum here. Col. Mordocheos Frizis was the first high-ranking Greek officer to die on the battlefield during the Italian invasion. The highly decorated colonel was killed by an Italian bomb Dec. 5,… More ▸

  • Greek Jews Seek Reparations from Germany for Wwii Period

    The Greek Jewish community has joined thousands of other Greeks seeking German reparations for suffering that occurred during the Nazi occupation of Greece. The wave of court cases in Greece is expected to be initiated in September. Total damages claimed reportedly could reach $35 billion. “There is no family in our community that does not… More ▸