Film Screening & Discussion «Deportations from Thessaloniki to Auschwitz. March 15th 1943»

Benjamin conti

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In April 1941, Nazi Germany started its military assault against Greece, coming to the aid of fellow Axis power Italy, who had unsuccessfully invaded the country in the previous year. Almost two years later, on 15 March 1943, the Nazis and their allies launched the first train transport at Thessaloniki Railway Station in order to commence with the large scale deportation of Greek Jews to the extermination camps of Auschwitz and Treblinka. Within only 17 months, by the time the Nazis were forced to retreat in the face of advancing Allied forces, more than 80% of Greece’s once thriving Jewish community had been murdered.

But the Nazis would not have been able to execute the industrially organized genocide of nearly 60.000 Jews in Greece without a functioning network of accomplices and the support of a large number of people within Greek society itself: Not only Greek national socialist organizations…

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