Greece

Chris J. Lazaris

IHRA Chair

Member country since: 2005

Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day)


Georgios Polydorakis (Expert Counsellor, Service of Diplomatic and Historical Archives, Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs) – Deputy Head of Delegation

Chrysostomos Savvatos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) – Academic Working Group

Zanet Battinou (Director of the Jewish Museum of Greece) – Museums and Memorials Working Group

Vassiliki Keramida (Ministry of Education) – Education Working Group

Paul Isaac Hagouel (University of California, Berkeley) – Academic Working Group

Leon Saltiel (Central Board of Jewish Communities) – Academic Working Group

Georgios Antoniou (Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) – Education Working Group

Ioannis Mantzas (Pan-Hellenic Confederation of Greek Roma “Ellan Passe”)

Athanasios Mitrou (Pan-Hellenic Confederation of Greek Roma “Ellan Passe”) – Academic Working Group

Georgios Pilichos (Independent Researcher) – Museums and Memorials Working Group

Georgios-Ioannis Vilanakis (Pan-Hellenic Confederation of Greek Roma “Ellan Passe”) – Academic Working Group


Greece and Greek Israelites, in particular, were among the hardest hit by the Nazi onslaught in Europe during World War II. The Holocaust and the appalling loss of life and suffering it entailed still haunt the Greeks’ collective memory to this day; to remember what was done and so that it should never be repeated, Greece has instituted special scholastic programmes, to teach the Holocaust to the younger generations. These have proved among the most successful in Europe, so that Greece is now drawing on this experience to prepare for her own Presidency of the IHRA for 2021-2022. Greece sees the Holocaust experience under a dynamic angle, as a warning and a lesson for the present and the future. Thus, she considers education to be a primary weapon in the fight against Holocaust denial and distortion, and even, as a means of self-defence for Democracies, against any resurgence of forces and self- professed “ideologies” seeking to undermine and attack our common human and moral values and, eventually, our freedom.

Ambassador Chris J. Lazaris

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