12 May, 2010
A Holocaust memorial was unveiled in Athens on May 10, during a special ceremony organised by the City of Athens and the city’s Jewish community.
The monument is situated in the area of Thisseio, close to the synagogue on Melidoni St, from where Nazi troops rounded up some 1,000 Athenian Jews in April 1944 before sending them off to death camps.
The monument – a work by noted Greek-American artist DeAnna Maganias - consists of six triangular marble blocks detached from a central hexagon of the same material, in the shape of a broken Star of David.
"I would like to salute the Greek government, the municipality of Athens, and the Jewish community in Greece for this important initiative in building this monument in memory of the victims of the Holocaust in Athens," visiting Knesset Deputy Speaker Ruhama Avraham said during the ceremony.
See also The Guardian (9.5.2010): Athens unveils its first Holocaust memorial
Greek News Agenda: Special Issue- The Jews of Greece
Source: GREEK NEWS AGENDA issued by the Secretariat Genera