THESSALONIKI.- Following discussions with GAIAOSE SA, the organization that manages the real estate property of the Railway Organization of Greece, and the Municipality of Thessaloniki, the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki signed on Friday, December 20th, 2013, a historical day for Greek Jewry and Greece, a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of a Memorial Center on Holocaust Education Remembrance and Research, in an area of 12.000 sq. meters at the old Railway Station of Thessaloniki. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, Mr. Michalis Chrysochoidis other local dignitaries.
The development of a Holocaust research center in city of Thessaloniki has been a long standing desire of our Community and the fact that the location GAIAOSE SA is providing is exactly the location from where 50.000 Thessaloniki Jews were deported to the concentration camps is a great symbolism. It is expected that the Holocaust Research Center will attract historians and researchers from around the world and become the driving force of development in the area and Thessaloniki in general.
At a time when anti-Semitism and extremism are on the rise throughout Europe, this project will help educate the society, strengthen the collective memory and help combat the phenomena that in the past led humanity to its darkest era.
The Jewish Community of Thessaloniki
December 20, 2013