An event of enormous consequence
in the annals of the Jewish Community of Volos, Greek Jewry, and the
residents of our city was the recent unveiling of a Holocaust memorial
- erected at the centrally located Regas Ferreos Municipal Plaza in
Volos, on Sunday, September 27, 1998.
The somber proceedings were given a moving send-off the previous
evening, at the majestic Spirer Ballroon, and in the presence of civic
and political personages, co-religionists from throughout the country,
and many citizens.
The program got under way with a talk from the award-winning journalist-historian
Costas Liapis. His theme was "the Jews of Greece, and their presence
in Thessalomagnisia" (the province in central mainland Greece, where
such well-known cities as Larissa, Trikala, and Volos are found). The
speaker emphatically referred to history’s datum that places the Jews’
presence in Greece over two millennia, especially within the aforementioned
Province Magnisias. A musical segment featured the Volos Symphonic Strings,
under the direction of maestro Simeon Kogan.
In turn, Vicky Kapotas - with Argyri Batskini accompanying with the
guitar - recited two poems related to the Holocaust: "Auschwitz Elegy
in a Blonde Braid" by G. Vafopoulou, and "Butterfly" by Friedman. The
finale was a series of folk dances performed in costume by the girls
of the Volos "Likion Ellinidon" ensemble. Moreover, a stand was placed
a the foyer, exhibiting photographs depicting the Jewish community’s
As the ceremony began, the following speakers ascended to the podium:
Marcel Solomon, general secretary of the Volos Jewish Community, Dimitrios
Pitrioris, Volos Mayor, Ron Kouriel, Israel Ambassador to Greece, Moshe
Constantinis, president of the Central Board of Jewish Communities of
Greece, Panos Skotiniotis, Prefect of Magnisias Province, and the monument’s
patron Volos-born and current New York City resident, Victor Politis.
Special messages of solidarity and support were received and read from
the Archbishop of Greece, and the Greek Minister of Culture, Evangelos