SONG OF LIFE
(To Tragoudi Tis Zios) The Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust in Greece - a film
Discussion with Joseph Varon

Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 1 PM

The presence of Jews in Greece traces their roots back to ancient times. These Greek Jews known as Romaniotes, spoke Greek (Judeo - Greek) and developed their own culture and customs within the confines of the Byzantine Empire. They lived and flourished on the main land of Greece as well as the islands of Rhodes, Chios, Samos and Zakynthos.

Sadly, World War II took a devastating toll on the Jews of Greece. Eighty seven percent of Greek Jews perished. As in all countries there were righteous gentiles who risked their lives and the lives of their families to protect their Jewish countrymen from the horrors of the Nazi invaders.

Song of Life tells the story of two of these heroes, Greek Bishop Chrysostomos and the mayor of Zakynthos, Loukas Karrer, who stood up to the Nazis who demanded the names and whereabouts of the Jews of this island.

Formerly presented as part of the exhibit Defying the Devil: Christian clergy Who Helped Jews Escape from the Holocaust, this Film will explore their heroic acts.

The film is in Greek with English subtitles.

Discussion to be led by Former President of the Northeast Queens
Jewish Community Council, Joseph Veron.

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