Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis paid tribute to six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II, during his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.
The PM laid a wreath at the Hall of Remembrance. Engraved on the mosaic floor are the names of 22 of the most infamous Nazi murder sites, symbolic of the hundreds of extermination and concentration camps, transit camps and killing sites that existed throughout Europe.
Mitsotakis also observed an original cattle-car, which stands at the centre of the memorial site. ‘The Memorial to the Deportees’ was established at Yad Vashem as a monument to the millions of Jews herded onto cattle-cars and transported from all over Europe to the extermination camps.
The PM accompanied by his wife Mareva Grabowski-Mitsotakis and their son Constantine, also visited the section of the monument dedicated to non-Jews who took great risks to save Jews during the Holocaust. Among the names engraved on the plaques of ‘The Righteous Among the Nations’ is that of Evangelia Georgiadou, the sister of the Prime Minister’s grandmother, and is among the dozens of Greeks who saved Jews with great bravery.
In a personal moment, Kyriakos Mitsotakis approached the plaques of the monument and touched the name of Evangelia Georgiadou.
“Every name on this monument tells a personal story of bravery. And for me it is important that I am here to honour the memory of Evangelia Georgiadou and in her name to honour all Greeks and all people who, during the Holocaust, this horrible, unspeakable tragedy that will haunt forever humanity, they have done great deeds to save their fellow human beings,” the Prime Minister said.
“It’s a special moment for me to be here. Thank you very much for what you do to preserve the memory of the very brave people who, during the most difficult period of human history, surpassed themselves to do the right thing and for this reason they are called the Righteous Among the Nations.”