JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis completed his visit to Israel. Earlier on Wednesday he laid a wreath at the Holocaust Memorial and then went to the Garden of the Righteous among the Nations where trees are planted in memory of non-Jews proven to have saved the lives of Jews during the Holocaust.
Among the names of the Greeks is that of the aunt of the Prime Minister, Evangelia Georgiadou.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the Garden of the Righteous with his wife Mareva Grabowski-Mitsotakis and their son Konstantinos.
The Prime Minister said: "This is a special moment for me. Evangelia Georgiadou was my grandmother's younger sister. She was my aunt. I remember her vividly. She did an act of bravery during the war like many other non-Jews who are honored as the Righteous among the Nations.
And this personal story reminds us that what we see here is not something we learn from history books. Every name written on this monument tells us a personal story of bravery. And for me it is very important to be here and to honour the memory of Evangelia Georgiadou and her name honours all the Greeks. But also each one individually who during the Holocaust, of this horrible and unspeakable tragedy that will haunt humanity forever, committed an act of great bravery to save her fellow human beings. And today my aunt "survives" through her daughter Saki Kypraiou. As time goes by and we move away from these horrible events, the memory of what happened must be kept alive. So for me it's a very special moment to be here with you. Thank you again for everything you do and keep alive the memory of very brave people during the most difficult phase of human history and who have established them as Righteous Among the Nations."