Greece’s second-largest city, Thessaloniki, is planning to build a Holocaust museum to honour some 46,000 Jewish residents deported and killed at German Nazi death camps during World War II.
On Monday, the Regional Governor of Central Macedonia Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Mayor Konstantinos Zervos and the president of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, David Saltiel, met to discuss the progress of the project.
“The Holocaust Museum is moving forward and we are jointly exploring the possibilities of financing and the contribution of the Region of Central Macedonia with European resources from the new National Strategic Reference Framework,” said Tzitzikostas.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, pending issues are being resolved so that construction can begin, “in order to put into practice a great project, intertwined with the history of Thessaloniki. This is the will of all of us and it will be done,” he added.
On his part, Zervos stressed that “our commitment to accelerate and resolve the issues concerning the Holocaust Museum is effective and is taking shape. As the Municipality of Thessaloniki, we granted 10 acres of land in order to overcome spatial planning issues and resolved a number of other issues, with the aim of speeding up the procedures.”