(JTA) — The mayor of the northern Greek port city of Kavala said that the dedication of a disputed Holocaust memorial will take place “very soon.”
Dimitra Tsanaka appeared to walk back comments attributed to her last week by the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece after municipal authorities canceled a ceremony on Sunday unveiling the memorial, saying that the Star of David must be removed or the monument will not be permitted to go on display.
On Sunday, Tsanaka confirmed that city councilmen from her party objected to the size and placement of the Star of David on the monument, but denied that she agreed with them or wanted the star removed, The Associated Press reported.
Tsanaka was speaking to demonstrators wearing yellow Stars of David who had gathered to protest the delay in the monument’s unveiling, according to AP.
The memorial commemorates the 1,484 Jews from Kavala who were murdered by the Nazis.