Greece: See photos of destruction of Thessaloniki Jewish cemetery

Old postcard of the Jewish cemetery in Salonika, before destruction

Old postcard of the Jewish cemetery in Salonika, before destruction

 

We posted recently about the rediscovery of fragments of Jewish gravestones in Thessaloniki, Greece — historic Salonika — whose vast Jewish cemetery was destroyed before, during, and after World War II, and whose headstones were used for construction.

Fifty thousand of Salonika’s Jews were murdered in the Holocaust, 96 percent of the city’s Jewish community perished.
When the survivors returned they found that the broken tombstones were used to build pools for Wehrmacht soldiers, pave the streets of the city, and even rebuild Greek churches that were harmed in the war. They took photographs, documenting the destructions and desecration, demanding recompense from the newly liberated Greek government, to no avail.

 

We would like to bring to your attention a collection of the photographs of the destruction, taken by survivors right after WW2 and donated in 1949 to the National Library of Israel.

 

 
 

 

 

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