NEW YORK – In the midst of the disturbing events of 2022, with the shadow of anti-Semitism and intolerance looming as an everlasting threat, the Greek Consulate General in New York held its annual Greek Jewish event in January. Hosted Holocaust Remembrance Day. At the age of 19, he entered the Hebrew Union College in Manhattan.
Victor Cohen, Thessaloniki-born award-winning artist, designer, educator, and chairman of the BFA Illustration and Comics Division at the School of Visual Arts, presents an emotionally moving story about a family in the Jewish community of Greece. The presentation captivated the attendees. He was uprooted during the time of Nazi atrocities and experienced not only the shadow of death, but also physical and mental torture.
Tracing the story, step by step through the “dark” days that cost millions of lives or marked them forever, Cohen explores the suffering of the Jews from Nazism, and the human race in general. He repeated that no one should forget or overlook what he suffered.
Esther Herrera and Sivan Cohen gave a special tone with the reading of authentic letters between members of a dispersed Jewish family. Esther Herrera and Sivan Cohen talk about feelings of anguish, despair, but also the hopes of a mother who longed to hear back from them. Make sure their children and they are still alive.
Talented singers Nektarios Antoniu and Eirini Tornesaki perform not only Jewish music, but also the compositions “Asma Asmaton” (Song of Songs) and “Smirneiko Minore” by Mikis Theodorakis in collaboration with American Michael Brown Did. program.
Consul General of Greece in New York Konstantinos Konstantinou, President of the American Friends of the Jewish Museum in Greece Solomon Asser, and Rabbi Diana S. Gerson also shared remarks at the event.
The event was coordinated by Leon Levy.
Among those in attendance were Greece’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Evangelos C. Sekelis, Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus in New York, Micharis Fililas, Greek Consul Dimitrios Papaorgio, and Prime Minister of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Nektarios Papadazaphilopoulos.
Consul General Konstantinos Konstantinou told the National Herald that it was “one of the most iconic events hosted by the Consulate General” and that Greece “stands on the right side of law and humanity”. said that
“In Greece, we must not forget that about 85% of the Greek Jewish community has been lost nationally, that is, has virtually disappeared. There is a community,” said Konstantinou, referring specifically to Solomon Asser and the presence of the youth.
“Today a lot of young people are here and I am very happy because this is the main parameter of this event. Don’t forget to pass it on to the next generation.