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On-Site Commemoration: Echoes of Remembrance – The Holocaust in Thessaloniki

May 16, 2024 | 6:30pm CDT

9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077

From the city’s ancient founding until the Second World War, Thessaloniki (Salonika), Greece was home to a large and thriving Jewish community. In 1943, from March to August, approximately 46,000 Jews were displaced from Thessaloniki by the Nazis and their collaborators and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where 96% of them were murdered. A community that had settled in Thessaloniki before the Christian era was decimated during the Holocaust.

Join Leon Saltiel, Director of Diplomacy, UNESCO, Coordinator on Countering Antisemitism for the World Jewish Congress, and member of the Greek delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), as he explores through historical accounts, personal narratives, and archival footage, the challenges faced by the Greek Jewish population during the Holocaust, and their enduring strength in the face of adversity still today.

Reservations required. Free to the public.

Community Partner: Department of History at Illinois State University; Consulate General of Greece in Chicago; Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center; Center for Hellenic Studies at University of Chicago

Photo credits: Bundesarchiv, Bild 101I-168-0894-21A / Dick / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de; David Seide

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