Greece Finally Commemorates the Destruction of Thessaloniki's Jewish Community

Saturday's march, marking 70 years since the first Jews of the city were deported, was a turning point in Greece's grappling with its past.

The organizers of Saturday's march from Thessaloniki's Freedom Square to the old rail yards near the Greek city's port, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first deportation of the town's Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau drew over 3,000 participants. The large number of marchers, the great majority of whom were not Jewish, surprised the organizers. Holocaust commemoration in Thessaloniki has never been a major...