June 20, 2011
Salonika Holocaust memorial desecrated
A Holocaust memorial in the Greek city of Salonika was vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans.
In the June 17 incident, the word “Lies” was written on the bronze plaque dedicated to the 50,000 Jews of Salonika who perished during the Holocaust.
The vandalism coincided with the decision by the Salonika City Council to bestow the city’s highest decoration on the 30 Holocaust survivors still living in the city in a ceremony Monday.
Salonika’s City Council and its mayor, Giannis Boutaris, along with Greece’s education minister, Anna Diamantopoulou, condemned the vandalism in public statements.