Cancellation of the Holocaust commemorations in Kavala causes reactions

Cancellation of the Holocaust commemorations in Kavala causes reactions

Athens, May 18, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

The strong reaction of all political parties caused by the decision of Kavala mayor for the cancellation of the event to unveil the monument of the Holocaust in Kavala, which was scheduled for Sunday.

Specifically, “the cancellation of the event of the unveiling of the monument of the Holocaust in Kavala offend the historic memory and their democratic and anti-Nazi struggles of the Greek people”, he says in its commentary the Press Office of SYRIZA.

Furthermore, they point out that “it is an act that incites antisemitism and intolerance and as such it cannot be tolerated”.

Also, “tThe reasons invoked by the mayor of Kavala and adopted by the city council, in order to cancel the unveiling of the monument for the victims of Nazi atrocities are incomprehensible and unacceptable to say the least”, said the spokeswoman of Independent Greeks, Marina Chrysovelonis,  on the cancellation of Sunday’s unveiling of the monument for the victims of Nazi atrocities in Kavala.

She underlines that “the decision of the municipal council of Kavala is racist and highly offensive to the memory of the 1,484 Greek Jews of the city who were tragically killed in the gas chambers of the Nazis’ and stresses that the decision “exposes not only the members of the municipal council of Kavala, but also the actual image of the city internationally”.

“It should therefore be withdrawn immediately”, concludes the statement of the representative of ANEL.

The spokesman of ND Kostas Karagounis said that tolerance of the party of the main opposition to antisemitism phenomena is zero.

He recalled that Antonis Samaras was, as he said, the prime minister who did not hesitate to face this phenomenon not just in words but in deeds, among which is the relevant law with which both the denial of the holocaust and its direct or indirect depreciation is punishable.

He noted in this respect that this provision also caused worldwide applause from foreign governments and organizations.

“As such, we deplore any action, like the one attributed to the municipality of Kavala and we expect to immediately resolve the issue in a way that will be in line with the legislation and also with the spirit that promotes, rather than undermines, similar celebrations of the memory of the Holocaust”, Karagounis added.

Mayor of Kavala: The unveiling of the Monument of the Holocaust in Kavala will take place very soon

The intention of the mayor of Kavala Dimitra Tsanaka to bring the matter of the form of the Holocaust Memorial of 1,484 Greek Jews of Kavala for discussion at the City Council meeting Thursday, May 14, the unveiling of which was supposed to be made in the morning of Sunday, May 17, caused a chain reaction in the plenary of the House and tension between the municipality of Kavala with the Central Jewish Council of Greece (K.I.S.E.).

The  mayor of Kavala, speaking to AMNA, for the first time after the meeting of the Municipal Council of Kavala and the aftermath, expressed her regret, stressing that there was no intention, both on her part and the part of the administration of the municipality to not place the monument. She noted however “that the town of Kavala as an institutional entity must have an opinion on such an important issue like the construction and protection of the Holocaust Memorial for the 1,484 Greek Jews of Kavala. The decision on the placement of the monument is a collective action of a statutory body such as the municipality of Kavala and goes far beyond individual cultures and individuals”.

The mayor recognizes omissions and mistakes on the issue of placing the Holocaust Memorial of 1,484 Greek Jews of Kavala, but under no circumstances does she recognize feasibility and lack of respect for a religious community, which has offered much to Kavala and was formerly the largest in northern Greece after that of Thessaloniki.