“In modern European Greece, but also in democratic Thessaloniki, there is no room for fascism and Nazism,” the Vice President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, said on Sunday during his visit to the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki.
“Those who make the mistake of insisting on these practices should know that history will remind them of what happened,” he added while assuring the Jewish communities of Europe that the European Union will support them in the face of modern threats.
Schinas sent a clear message that Thessaloniki is a European metropolis in which there is no room for rhetorical hatred.
“Thessaloniki will always remain a European metropolis of extroversion, democracy, peaceful coexistence, and dialogue. A European metropolis where raiding battalions, rhetoric and symbols of hatred do not fit,” he said.
Schinas’ visit to Thessaloniki and the Jewish Museum is of particular importance as it took place a few days after the presentation of the EU’s first strategy to fight anti-Semitism and preserve Jewish life.
“As Vice President, I want to assure the Jewish communities in Europe that the EU will not leave them unprotected from the many modern threats that are overshadowing their lives today.
“We will guarantee their safety, we will strengthen their education and culture, we will do everything to preserve the historical memory of the Holocaust, especially now that the last survivors are leaving us without their personal stories,” Schinas underlined.