“The Holocaust of Martyrs and Heroes should never be forgotten,” Greek Ambassador to the United States Christos Panagopoulos said in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the tragedy of the Greek Jews during WWII.
Panagopoulos underscored that the Nazi occupation of Greece resulted in a decrease of about 10% of Greece’s population. Among them 67.000 Greek Jews, or 86% of the Jews of Greece, perished in concentration camps.
“Greece’s role in the Allies’ victory has been well documented and recognized by all and it should never be forgotten. On October 28th, 1940, Greeks wrote another very important chapter of their contemporary history,” Panagopoulos said on the anniversary of Greece’s refusal to surrender to Italy at the beginning of the war.
He, also, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of the heroes of WWII. The event was organized by the OXI DAY Foundation and co-hosted by the American Jewish Committee. The ceremony took place in in the Historic Synagogue on Oct. 25.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and Jason Isaacson, Director for International Relations for AJC, the Global Jewish Advocacy Group, also attended the event.