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Letter from Prime Minister George Papandreou to the Jewish Community of Greece




January 22, 2010


Mr. Moses Constantinis
President
Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
36, Voulis Street
105 57 Athens
Greece


Dear Mr. President,

The attack on the Etz Hayyim Synagogue not only constitutes an attack on one of the remaining Jewish monuments in the island of Crete, but also an attack against the history and the cultural heritage of our homeland, Greece.

The Government, I personally as well as the entire Greek nation condemn this abominable act in the strongest possible terms. We have already taken immediate steps to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

This Sunday we honor all the Greek Jews Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust. It is a National Day of Remembrance, during which we, once more, declare and reaffirm that phenomena such as anti-Semitism and racism are condemned and have no place in the Greek society.

I would like to assure you that my Government and I stand by the Greek Jews and firmly support their struggles for a better Greece.

 
  Sincerely,
George A. Papandreou,
Prime Minister of Greece







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