It has taken nearly 70 years, but tomorrow, as the sun sets over Athens, a monument to honor Greece’s Holocaust victims will finally be unveiled. Athens is the last EU capital to commemorate those who perished at the hands of Nazi forces.
“To get here has been difficult but now that it is done the message is simple. We have not forgotten and we will not forget,” said Benjamin Albalas, president of the Jewish community in Athens.
Greece lost more of its Jewish population in the Final Solution, proportionately, than almost any other country in Europe during the second world war. Around 65,000 men, women and children were dispatched to their deaths in Auschwitz between 1941 and 1944. The site is close to the synagogue on Melidoni street where, under a ruse of food hand-outs, the Jews of Athens were trapped and captured by the Germans.