75th Anniversary of Protest Against Holocaust

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75TH ANNIVERSERY OF ARCHBISHOP DAMASKINOS'

LETTER OF PROTEST AGIANST THE HOLOCAUST

 

HISTORIC LETTER STANDS OUT IN WORLD HISTORY AS THE ONLY FORMAL PROTEST BY A WORLDWIDE LEADER OF THE HOLOCAUST DURING WORLD WAR II

PEORIA, IL: On March 18, 2018, at 2:00pm, the Jewish Federation of Peoria and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago will host an educational presentation at the Peoria Riverfront Museum recognizing the 75th Anniversary of Greek Orthodox Archbishop Damaskinos' Letter of Protest Against the Holocaust. This event is FREE and open to the public.

While living in Nazi occupied Greece, Archbishop Damaskinos stands out as the only worldwide leader to formally protest the Holocaust during World War II. As a result of his letter of protest, Archbishop Damaskinos was called before an SS firing squad. Also as a result of his letter and actions, over 10,000 Greek Jews found safety and survived the Holocaust.

During World War II, Archbishop Damaskinos stood alone in protesting the Holocaust. Today, the lessons within this historic document we can still learn from.

Polyxeni Petropoulou, the Consul General of Greece in Chicago, will be making her first ever visit to Peoria and downstate Illinois to participate at this event. Speakers at this event will include the testimonials of a Jewish family living in Peoria whose Greek grandfather survived the Holocaust and a Greek Orthodox parishioner living in Peoria whose father rescued Greek Jews following the actions of Archbishop Damaskinos. The event will conclude with a moment of silence and the reading of the historic letter of protest at the Holocaust Memorial outside of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

This event will be FREE and open to the public. Media coverage of this event as well as Consul General Polyxeni Petropoulou's first ever visit to downstate Illinois would be appreciated.

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