Thursday, July 22, 2010

Greek Prime Minister just left Yad Vashem

The Prime Minister of Greece, George A. Papandreou has just left Yad Vashem after an emotional visit. The Prime Minister experienced a tour of the Holocaust History Museum, with a special emphasis on the story of Greek Jewry, guided by Yehudit Shendar, Deputy Director of the Museums Division and Senior Art Curator at Yad Vashem. He also participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance and visited the Children's Memorial.

The Prime Minister and Ms. Shendar listen to a testimony from a Greek Jewish Holocaust survivor in the Holocaust History Museum.

At the conclusion of his visit the Prime Minister said, "It is difficult to describe with words what one feels, after the going through the memories of the Holocaust. It is a constant reminder to all of us to cherish and protect everyone's rights for the good of humanity. When even one person's rights are violated or even threatened, it is a violation of the rights of us all. Never again xenophobia, racism, antisemitism... [we must] fight for open societies, freedom, equality, justice to each and every one. This is how we in Greece see democracy, the birthplace of democracy. We continue to highlight the history of Jews in my country... Thank you for this passionate description of the terrible violence and barbarism that the Jews went through."

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