Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The island of Zakynthos

How A Bishop And A Mayor Saved 275 Jews in Greece

I watched the ABC's Drum tonight (start watching at 21 mins and finish just before 24 mins) and heard Vic Alhadeff, CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, recount a WWII story about the Jews of the Greek island of Zakynthos. 

It was in the context of the importance of not being a bystander to wrong-doing, and it was a beautiful example of people who were prepared to stand up for what was right even at the risk of grave danger.  In short, the Mayor and Bishop of the island offered themselves rather than see the 275 Jewish islanders taken by the Nazis.  Well worth the 3 minutes it takes to hear him tell the story. 

 And if you'd like to know a bit more, this article is an interview with one of the Jews that survived and this article tells the story of a Jewish journalist who stumbles across the story while on the visit to the island and who then plays her own part in returning thanks for the great courage of those involved.

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