Cohen Brings Back Heroism Of Greek Jews

holocaustThe Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus on March 17 will host University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Mimis Cohen for a presentation on Heroism Humanity: A Reminder Once More About The Holocaust and The Greek Jews.

The event, which is co-sponsored by the Daughters of Penelope Dares Chapter No. 252, is free and open to the public at the Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills, reported.

Cohen will speak about the bravery of the clergy, officials and lay people of Greece who risked their lives to save Greek Jews in spite of the tragic events related to the German occupation, which resulted in the loss of 87 percent of the Jewish population of Greece and the destruction of most historic communities.

Cohen’s lecture also will discuss the largely unknown history of the Jews of Greece over the centuries, including their rich tradition and culture, achievements and interactions with their fellow Greek citizens. Cohen is Professor and Chief of the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery at his university.

Born and raised in Athens after World War II, he is the child of parents who survived the Holocaust by hiding in Christian homes. He has spoken to a variety of groups, including the Holocaust Remembrance Project group at the Hellenic Museum of Chicago, the Greek-American Chamber of Commerce in New York, Columbia University, University of Michigan, St. Louis University and Hillel of Illinois.

The Daughters of Penelope, a national Greek fraternal organization with chapters worldwide, seeks to promote Hellenism, education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family and individual excellence. The facility is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available at both the North and South entrances.



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