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New Foreign Ministry publication: “The Greek Righteous Among the Nations”

Tuesday, 02 February 2016

The Foreign Ministry, in collaboration with the Foundation for the Memory of the Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust YadVashem, published the volume “The Greek Righteous Among the Nations,” Militos Editions. It is the final installment in a trilogy dedicated to the historical course of the Jewish communities of our country, their destruction in the Holocaust and the rescuing of dozens of our fellow citizens by Greek Christians. The volumes entitled “The Greek Jews through diplomatic documents of the Foreign Ministry” and “The Greeks of Auschwitz-Birkenau” were first published in 1998 and 2009, respectively.

The new volume explores the role of the Church, the National Resistance, representatives of local government, the police and other authorities in saving the Jews of our country. Moreover the book delves into the identity of the Greeks who saved their Jewish fellow citizens and attempts to restore the historical truth with regard to returning the property of Jews to the rightful beneficiaries.

Separate chapters are dedicated to the rescue of the Jewish community of Zakynthos and to the case of the rescue of Yitzhak Persky, the father of former president of Israel Shimon Peres.

The volume is also to be published in an English-language version.