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Archive for 6 Ιουλίου 2008

The Jewish Cemetery of Thessaloniki and the new subway – a proposition

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 06/07/2008

https://i0.wp.com/www.jmth.gr/web/thejews/images/photos/pic5.gifA great source for my posts is often the works of people little fond of the Jews; it always amazing how much dedication they apply in finding news concerning them. In this case a greek-language blogger made a post commenting an article by the german newspaper Sueddeutche Zeitung. In his post he made various allegations like that it would be impossible to have 500.000 tombs etc – in any case he gave me an an opportunity to return to the subject.

As I’ve written in the past, Thessaloniki housed the – maybe – largest jewish cemetery in all of Europe. It contained an estimated 300.000 to 500.000 tombs and covered an area of 320.000 square meters. This cemetery was destroyed by greek collaborators of the nazi germans in 1943. The land was confiscated by the Greek State in 1944 on the grounds that «it’s owners had abandoned it», while at exactly the same time it’s owners were being turned into ashes in the crematoria of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The tombstones where either looted or sold and were used in construction works in Thessaloniki, including repairs on the Cathedral of St.Demetrious. Until very recently tombstones could still be found in the city.
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