On Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin are traveling to Thessaloniki, to lay the cornerstone for the new Holocaust Museum. The Museum will be built near the old railway station, from where the “death carriages” departed during the German Occupation, transporting Jews to Nazi concentration camps. According to experts and history records, around 55,000 Jews of Thessaloniki were exterminated there.

On Monday’s meeting at Maximos Mansion, Mr. Tsipras stressed that the visit of the Israeli President takes place at a “symbolic moment”, two days after the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Greek-Israeli cooperation is necessary, so that both sides tackle the stability and security challenges in the area, he added. “It is our fate to live together and turn the Southeastern Mediterranean into a ‘paradise’, altogether: Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Palestine, Egypt and Jordan”, said the Israeli President.

 

Translation: Eleni Gogou