Sunday, June 10, 2012

Jewish Statue, Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, located in Macedonia, has always had a Jewish presence, since antiquity. It was known as the European Jerusalem, due to its large Jewish population. Many buildings around the city maintain their Jewish heritage, reminding us of its large community which flourished their. Unfortunately this changed during the second world war, where countless Jews were sent to Auschwitz - Birkenau. 


The statue, located near the centre of the city, is dedicated by the Greek People to the memory of the 50.000 Jewish Greeks of Thessaloniki, who were deported from their mother city by the Nazi occupation forces. This monument was unveiled by the president of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Konstanitnos Stefanopoulos in 1997. It was designed by the brothers Glid, and depicts the seven candled menorahs and flames, all entangled in a mesh of human bodies.  

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