Every year, B'nai B'rith World Center - Jerusalem - Israel, during the ceremony for Yom Hashoa, honors famous personalities who helped in the rescue of co-religionists from the whirlwind of the Holocaust. This year, the ceremony is dedicated to the rescue work of the Chief Rabbi of Volos and All Greece: Moses Pessach z "l
. As B'nai B'rith Greece we call you to participate together with us in this important ceremony for all the Greek people.The event will take place on: Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 10a.m.
at the "Forest of the Martyrs" where six million trees planted there, in the hills of Jerusalem, near Moshav Kesalon.
For more information and registration please contact :
Mr. Alan M.Schneider, Adv., Director
B'nai B'rith World Center
22 King David Street, Jerusalem 91074, Israel
Tel. : 972-2-6251743
For the past thirteen years the B'nai B'rith World Center and the Jewish National Fund have co-sponsored a unique Holocaust Day (Yom Hashoah) ceremony, marking the heroism of Jews who saved fellow Jews during the years of torment in Europe. To the best of our knowledge this event is the only one in the world dedicated to recognizing the heroism of those Jews who tried to avert the genocide by ensuring - through individual and collective efforts - that Jews could escape to safety or survive on the European continent during the Shoah.
This year's event will memorialize the rescue activities of Arch Rabbi Moshe Pessach of Volos z"l(1869 – 1955) whose brave actions - together with those of the Metropolite of Demetrias Archbishop Joachim Alexopoulos (recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem in 1977) and other members of the Greek Orthodox clergy of Volos, the mayor, chief of police and members of the resistance – led to the survival of most of the Jews of Volos.
After the war Arch Rabbi M.Pessach z"l returned to serve his community and was decorated by the Greek and British governments for his role in the Greek resistance.
Our event will be held at the Martyr's Forest – a joint [Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael KKL – JNF - B'nai B'rith] project which memorializes the victims of the Holocaust in 6 million trees planted in the Jerusalem Mountains near Moshav Kesalon. At the pinnacle of the forest stands the "Scroll of Fire" by the renowned sculptor Nathan Rappaport, which invokes the destruction of the Jewish People in the Holocaust and their redemption in the State of Israel in a moving base relief.
The event will commence with personal testimonies by Holocaust survivors to groups of soldiers and students.
The event will also be an opportunity to express the gratitude of the Jewish people to Archbishop Alexopoulos and other Greek Orthodox clergy for their heroic rescue efforts during the Holocaust.
-B'nai B'rith World Center