Greece, which was invaded later than much of Europe during World War II, is often overlooked when the Holocaust is discussed. Those wanting to know more about this painful time in Greek history should attend "Greece and the Holocaust: Devastation, Resistance, and Renewal," tomorrow at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County in Glen Cove.
Greece was invaded in the early 1940s says Beth Lilach, senior director of education and community affairs at the center. "A lot of Greek Jews were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, which was about a mile from Auschwitz. This is the camp where they had the barracks, gas chambers and crematoriums."
"If they were elderly, pregnant, holding the hands of small children or if they didn't look strong enough to be a slave," Lilach explain, "they were murdered immediately. Only a small percentage of Greek Jews survived the camp."
The discussion will also center on the bravery and humanity that occurred during that time.
Visitors also can view a multimedia exhibit of Greek and Sephardic Jewry before, during and after the Holocaust.
WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. tomorrow, Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, 100 Crescent Beach Rd., Welwyn Preserve County Park, Glen Cove
INFO 516-571-8040, holocaust-nassau.org
ADMISSION Free, but $10 donation appreciated, reservations recommended.