On December 23rd, 2014, the Jewish Cemetery of Larissa was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti signed by “Larissa Skins”. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece issued the following Press Release:
“The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, the Jewish Community of Larissa, and the Greek Jewry express their sorrow and indignation and strongly condemn the desecration of the Jewish cemetery of Larissa with swastikas, threats such as “six million more” and anti-Semitic phrases similar to those used by the Nazi to exterminate the Jews of Europe.
The desecration of a cemetery, which is a holy place for all religions, is not only an insult to the memory of our dead brothers, but also an insult to the culture of our country and the city of Larissa.
We call upon the Justice, the Municipal and State authorities to take all the necessary measures to apprehend and punish those responsible and also to protect the Jewish holy places in our country, in order to avoid repetition of such phenomena.
We also expect the representatives of the State and the Civil Society, to come forward and express a strong and determined condemnation of this specific act as well as of any act of anti-Semitism.
Anti-semitism is not only a threat to Jews, but it is also a threat to our Democracy.
24th December 2014
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece