Trikala Synagogue in Greece Defaced with Anti-Semitic Graffiti

The National Herald

(File photo: Eurokinissi/Yiannis Panagopoulos)

Jewish community leaders in Greece said the stone fence of a synagogue that had recently been restored in the central town of Trikala was painted with “profane” anti-Semitic statements, the latest across the country.

The slogan “Jewish Snakes Out” was found on the fence in the town about 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of the capital of Athens, with the Central Jewish Council of Greece (KIS) denouncing the act, said i24NEWS.

"The shameful and insulting slogans, which profane the recently restored historic synagogue of Trikala, provoke indignation and deep sadness," said KIS of the act against one of the country’s oldest synagogues.

KIS added the incident showed "the fight against anti-Semitism must continue" while calling on Greek authorities to take "all measures to arrest those behind this desecration and protect Jewish sites in Trikala."

In March this year, rising anti-Semitic vandalism in Greece saw a monument erected early in 2019 in Trikala in memory of 50 Jews deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust of WWII reportedly vandalized.

The local Jewish community discovered the desecration and complained to the police, which launched an investigation to locate the perpetrators of the anti-Semitic act, Arutz 7 is an Israeli media network identifying with Religious Zionism, reported.

Trikala is in northwestern Thessaly about 15 miles from Kalambaka, home of the famed monasteries on the cliffs of Meteora. During the Holocaust, 450 Jews from Trikala managed to escape and fled to isolated villages in the mountains and Turkey, also getting to Israel.

But the 50 victims were arrested in 1944 from the Trikala community who had been in hiding, and then sent them to the Auschwitz death camp.

In October, 2018 the city’s Jewish cemetery was also desecrated by vandals in yet another act of antisemitism. Eight tombs were destroyed, two of which belonged to the parents of the city’s Jewish community President, the Jerusalem Post said.