Greece’s Central Board of Jewish Communities (CBJCG) condemned on Monday the desecration of the Holocaust Monument in Thessaloniki during a large rally on Sunday to protest against the use of the name “Macedonia” in any solution to a dispute between Athens and Skopje over the name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
The incident comes one week before of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27).
“[The perpetrators] didn’t just desecrate the memory of Thessaloniki’s 50,000 Jews, Greece’s 65,000 Jews and Europe’s six million Jews who were displaced and murdered by Nazis in German concentration camps. They desecrated democracy itself, desecrated the city’s culture and proved that the remnants of Nazism still have deep roots in our country, which, if society itself doesn’t uproot, they could spread even further, leading us again towards the darkest period of world history,” the body said in a press release.
CBJCG called again on the government, the Church and social bodies to condemn in the strongest terms the desecration of Thessaloniki and Greece’s history.