This Day in Jewish History 1943: Chief Rabbi of Athens Flees From Nazis, Saves the Day

Rabbi Elias Barzilai either sent out a coded message to fellow Athenian Jews urging them to escape, or was kidnapped by a resistance group fearing that he might reveal names to the Germans

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On September 25, 1943, Elias Barzilai, the chief rabbi of the Jewish community of Athens, fled the city one step ahead of the Germans. His actions caused the majority of his fellow Athenian Jews to also go...