“The Holocaust of Greek Jews”
Three sheetlets with one stamp each (€1,50) depicting symbols from The Holocaust of the Jews in Greece (the Holocaust monument, the Monasteriotes Synagogue and the Holocaust Museum in Thessaloniki).
The Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, as defined by historians, was the most important of the dozens of organised Communities created in Greece from ancient times until the Holocaust, and was among the most important Jewish communities of the Diaspora. The settlement of 20,000 Jews from Spain in Thessaloniki in 1492 acted as a catalyst, in the centuries that followed, for the progress of the “Jerusalem of the Balkans”. The Nazi invasion of Thessaloniki on 9 April 1941 would be the beginning of the end for this wondrous structure built up over centuries by our forefathers. The Nazis attempted to wipe out every trace of a Jewish presence in the city, sending 96% of the members of our Community, 50,000 innocent souls, to the camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. In all, 86% of all the Jews in Greece were murdered. The special set of Hellenic Post stamps honours the Greek citizens who were exterminated in 1943 due to their religion, what they and their ancestors created, and the few who survived and had the strength to map out the present and the future of Greek Jewry.
VICE PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS, PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRAL BOARD OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN GREECE & THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF THESSALONIKI
Printer:Veridos Matsoukis SA
Dimensions:70×85 mm (stamp 35×45 mm)
Numbers printed:25.000 sheetlets of each sheetlet