Thessaloniki Jews remember 72nd anniversary of transport to Nazi Germany's death camps

Mina Beneroubi, a survivor of the Holocaust, right, places flowers on rails at the old train station of Thessaloniki, in the Greek northern town of Thessaloniki, on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Residents of this northern Greek city on Sunday marked the 72nd anniversary of the roundup and deportation of its Jews to Nazi extermination camps during World War II. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)(The Associated Press)

A woman places flowers inside a train wagon that was used by the Nazis to carry Jews from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz during WWII, in the Greek northern town of Thessaloniki, on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Residents of this northern Greek city on Sunday marked the 72nd anniversary of the roundup and deportation of its Jews to Nazi extermination camps during World War II. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)(The Associated Press)

A girl stands in front of a train wagon that was used by the Nazis to carry Jews from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz during WWII, in the Greek northern town of Thessaloniki, on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Residents of this northern Greek city on Sunday marked the 72nd anniversary of the roundup and deportation of its Jews to Nazi extermination camps during World War II. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)(The Associated Press)

A man holds a banner which reads “Racism Kills, Let’s Learn From the History”, in front of a train wagon that was used by the Nazis to carry Jews from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz during WWII, in the Greek northern town of Thessaloniki, on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Residents of this northern Greek city on Sunday marked the 72nd anniversary of the roundup and deportation of its Jews to Nazi extermination camps during World War II. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)(The Associated Press)

People march from the old train station in the Greek northern town of Thessaloniki, during a Holocaust anniversary, on Sunday, March 15, 2015. A few hundred members of the Jewish community of the town gathered in an annual event to commemorate the 50,000 Thessaloniki Jews who perished in Nazi death camps, on the 72nd anniversary of the start of their transportation to Auschwitz. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)(The Associated Press)

THESSALONIKI, Greece Residents of Greece’s second-largest city on Sunday placed flowers on train tracks and inside old cattle wagons in solemn remembrance of nearly 50,000 local Jews who were transported to Nazi death camps during World War II.

About 2,000 people joined together at Thessaloniki’s Freedom Square for the 72nd anniversary of the roundup and deportation of the Jews. Some held banners that said: “Racism Kills, Let’s Learn from History,” and “Never Again.”

The crowd then marched to the northern city’s old railway station, where the first of 19 trains departed for the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex on March 15, 1943.

A locomotive believed to have been used to transport Jews, and four carriages that normally would carry cattle and in which people spent nine days locked up on their way to the extermination camps, were at the station. The crowd laid flowers on the wagons and the tracks.

“It was a horrible, mournful, rainy day. Even the skies were weeping,” recalled Heinz Cunho, 87, one of fewer than 100 surviving Greek Jews who made it back from the camps. “Normally, the carriages held 50 people. There were 80 of us to a wagon, and they had us locked up throughout the nine-day trip.”

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Mphokos toxic revisionism

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SOME people given a choice to face an ugly or terrifying truth or to conveniently avoid it, they would rather choose the latter.

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When they do that delusion or refusal to acknowledge reality takes over.

This is what co-Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko chose to do in his controversial interview with the Sunday Mail last weekend.

The most salient points of Mphokos interview included that the Gukurahundi massacres in the south-western region in 1980s were a Western conspiracy in the context of the Cold War and southern African geo-politics, not an ethnic conflict.

In fact, Mphoko claims the British created Gukurahundi. There was also the stunning assertion therein that President Robert Mugabe has nothing to do with it. Yet there was another new and unheard of contention that Zipa was formed in 1976 mainly to rescue Zanu from collapse in Mozambique.

Vicious attacks on the history and memory of Gukurahundi from holocaust-like denials, distortion, to revisionism are erupting in our midst as perpetrators and their supporters scramble out of panic and fear to clumsily obfuscate issues.

In his self-centred narrative, Mphoko speaks of his heroics and starring role in the liberation struggle. The whole interview read like a memoir; a personal life story, through which we must see and interpret the history of the liberation struggle. In some instances, it degenerated to authoritarian levels as he claimed his version is unassailable; everything else to the contrary is fictitious.

However, put under scrutiny, Mphokos flawed narrative collapses on its own.

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Denmark shootings: suspect gunned down by police hours after killings at Copenhagen synagogue – Video




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Wellington religious communities denounce Charlie Hebdo killings

Wellington Jews, Christians, and Muslims denounce the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris as an attack on the basic freedoms which enable us to practice our religions and coexist in a democratic society.

A prayer vigil will be held at the Kilbirnie Islamic Centre this Sunday 11 January at 3pm. All are welcome.

Wellington Council of Christians and Jews Jewish Co-Chair Dave Moskovitz said “Charlie Hebdo had published material that was deeply offensive to each of our religions. However, each of our religions holds life sacred, and there is no possible excuse for killing someone for something they have said or written.”

Christian Co-Chair Rev Jenny Chalmers said “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all of the people involved. We urge France and the world to turn the other cheek, and not allow extremism to silence the voice of freedom.”

WCCJ Muslim member Sultan Eusoff added “New Zealand Muslims were greatly dismayed by the killings, which we view as counter to the teachings of the Koran. We must not allow the acts of extremists to define our religions, or sully the excellent relationships we have in New Zealand with other religions and wider society.”

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State of Palestine: Children die as energy crisis leads to likely candle-fire blaze – Video




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Dozens of people mourned in Beach Camp in the west of Gaza Sunday, after three and four year-old Khaled and Amr Al-Habeel died, most likely in an accident caused by a candle-fire. The two children …

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French official says fight against anti-Semitism will be national cause after couple attacked

Published December 07, 2014

People gather for a protest against anti-Semitism, in Creteil, east of Paris, Sunday Dec. 7, 2014. An attack on a French Jewish couple this week, had revived worries about long-simmering anti-Semitic sentiment in France. The number of anti-Semitic incidents in France has grown 91 percent this year compared to last year, said Roger Cukierman, head of France’s leading Jewish organization, CRIF. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)(The Associated Press)

People gather for a protest against anti-Semitism, in Creteil, east of Paris, Sunday Dec. 7, 2014, An attack on a French Jewish couple this week, had revived worries about long-simmering anti-Semitic sentiment in France. The number of anti-Semitic incidents in France has grown 91 percent this year compared to last year, said Roger Cukierman, head of France’s leading Jewish organization, CRIF. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)(The Associated Press)

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve, center, during a gathering against anti-semitism also attended by Israeli ambassador to France Yossi Gal, left, in Creteil, east of Paris, Sunday Dec. 7, 2014. An attack on a French Jewish couple this week, had revived worries about long-simmering anti-Semitic sentiment in France. The number of anti-Semitic incidents in France has grown 91 percent this year compared to last year, said Roger Cukierman, head of France’s leading Jewish organization, CRIF. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)(The Associated Press)

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve, right, shakes hands with Israeli ambassador to France Yossi Gal, after delivering his speech during a gathering against anti-semitism, in Creteil, east of Paris, Sunday Dec. 7, 2014. An attack on a French Jewish couple this week, had revived worries about long-simmering anti-Semitic sentiment in France. The number of anti-Semitic incidents in France has grown 91 percent this year compared to last year, said Roger Cukierman, head of France’s leading Jewish organization, CRIF. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)(The Associated Press)

Creteil Rabbi Alain Senior delivers his speech during a gathering against anti-semitism including Israeli ambassador to France Yossi Gal, second left, and French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve, sixth left, in Creteil, east of Paris, Sunday Dec. 7, 2014. An attack on a French Jewish couple this week, had revived worries about long-simmering anti-Semitic sentiment in France. The number of anti-Semitic incidents in France has grown 91 percent this year compared to last year, said Roger Cukierman, head of France’s leading Jewish organization, CRIF. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)(The Associated Press)

CRETEIL, France France’s government has pledged more action to fight anti-Semitism after an attack on a couple revived worries about the rising number of incidents targeting Jews in the country.

Several hundred people demonstrated Sunday in the Paris suburb of Creteil to draw attention to what France’s leading Jewish organization says is a nearly doubling of anti-Semitic incidents this year compared to 2013.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told those present that France “will defend you with all its strength,” and that the fight against anti-Semitism “will be a great national cause.”

Assailants forced their way into an apartment in Creteil this past week, tied up a young man and woman, demanded money and raped the woman, authorities say. The assailants allegedly talked about attacking Jews.

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Israel alarmed at Sweden's plan to recognize Palestinian state

Responding to a statement by Swedens new prime minister that his country would recognize Palestine as a state, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Sunday that such an action will not promote peace but impede it.

It was not immediately clear from Stefan Lovfen’s remarks when Sweden intended to formally recognize Palestinian statehood, but Palestinian officials welcomed the move as courageous and historic.

The time has come for the entire world to recognize the Palestinian state, said a statement on behalf of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

This month, the British Parliament is set to discuss recognition of a Palestinian state. An unidentified Israeli official told local news media that Swedens move signifies an unwelcome trend that could sweep additional countries of influence in the European Union.

Before Netanyahu made his comments Sunday, Israels foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, issued a biting statement regretting the position Lovfen took in his inaugural speech Friday.

He apparently has not yet had sufficient time to study the matter and understand it is the Palestinians who have for the past 20 years been an obstacle to reaching an agreement, Lieberman said.

He instructed ministry officials to summon the Swedish ambassador to Israel for what news media described as reprimanding.

The Israeli minister added that external measures cannot serve as a substitute for direct negotiations between the parties.

Lovfen did emphasize in his speech the only possible resolution to the conflict was a negotiated two-state solution that requires mutual recognition, the Swedish Embassy reiterated in a statement Sunday evening.

The last round of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority collapsed in April. Worsened by the war in Gaza, mistrust between Israelis and Palestinians leaders was reflected in their recent trade of barbs before the United Nations General Assembly.

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