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O Πρoεδροσ παρσ τη σε εκδorλωση για 75η επΕτειο κλει σλματος στρατοπεδων Εβραλων

The President of the Republic Nikos Christodoulidis attended on Tuesday an event for the 75th anniversary of the closure of the camps where Jews who were saved from the Holocaust lived, in former British Military Hospital (BMH), in Nicosia.

In his greeting at the event, the President of the Republic said, among other things, that “this year's anniversary is of particular importance, since it takes place after the indescribable terrorist attacks of October 7, which we condemn with abhorrence”.

O Πρoεδροσ παρσ τη σε εκδorλωση για 75η επΕτειο κλει σλματος στρατοπεδων Εβραλων

ΠτΔ &minus? Eκδήλωση μνήμης Στρατοπέδου Υπολοχαγού Βασίλειου Καποτά (πρώην BMH), Λευκωσία, Κύπροσ Ο Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας κ. Νίκος Χριστοδουλίδης απευθύνει χαιρετισμό στην εκδήλωση μνήμης για τα 75 χρόνια από το κλείσιμο των Στρατοπέδων Κράτησης για τους Εβραίους στην Κύπρο. //PoR – Commemoration event “Vasileios Kapotas” Military Camp (former British Military Hospital – BMH), Lefkosia, Cyprus The President of the Republic, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, addresses the commemoration event for the 75 years since the closure of the Detention Camps for the Jews in Cyprus.

“These camps, 12 in total, were located throughout Cyprus and operated from 1946 to 1949. After the end of World War II and before the creation of the State of Israel, about 53 “thousands of Jews passed through Cyprus and the camps of Karaolos, north of Famagusta, Dekelia and Xylotymbou,” he said.

He added that thousands of Jewish children were born in Cyprus, noting that during the stay of the Jews on the island, many Cypriots rushed to support and help them, making special mention of Prodromos Papavasileiou, a pioneer in providing assistance to the Jews who found in Cyprus.

O Πρoεδροσ παρσ τη σε εκδorλωση για 75η επΕτειο κλει σλματος στρατοπεδων Εβραλων

ΠτΔ &minus? Eκδήλωση μνήμης Στρατοπέδου Υπολοχαγού Βασίλειου Καποτά (πρώην BMH), Λευκωσία, Κύπροσ Ο Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας κ. Νίκος Χριστοδουλίδης απευθύνει χαιρετισμό στην εκδήλωση μνήμης για τα 75 χρόνια από το κλείσιμο των Στρατοπέδων Κράτησης για τους Εβραίους στην Κύπρο. //PoR – Commemoration event “Vasileios Kapotas” Military Camp (former British Military Hospital – BMH), Lefkosia, Cyprus The President of the Republic, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, addresses the commemoration event for the 75 years since the closure of the Detention Camps for the Jews in Cyprus.

The President of the Republic also noted that “I wanted to attend this event, because today we honor the strength of the human spirit, human dignity, but also compassion and solidarity between people”.

Palmas: Every human life has equal value

Besides, in his speech, which was read by the Chief of the National Guard, Lieutenant General George Tsitsikostas, the Minister of Defense Vassilis Palmas said that “the message of the event is that every human life has equal value and must be protected” and added that “we have a duty to ensure that the memory of the Holocaust is preserved to act as a guide for the future”.

O Πρoεδροσ παρσ τη σε εκδorλωση για 75η επΕτειο κλει σλματος στρατοπεδων Εβραλων

ΠτΔ &minus? Eκδήλωση μνήμης Στρατοπέδου Υπολοχαγού Βασίλειου Καποτά (πρώην BMH), Λευκωσία, Κύπροσ Ο Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας κ. Νίκος Χριστοδουλίδης απευθύνει χαιρετισμό στην εκδήλωση μνήμης για τα 75 χρόνια από το κλείσιμο των Στρατοπέδων Κράτησης για τους Εβραίους στην Κύπρο. //PoR – Commemoration event “Vasileios Kapotas” Military Camp (former British Military Hospital – BMH), Lefkosia, Cyprus The President of the Republic, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, addresses the commemoration event for the 75 years since the closure of the Detention Camps for the Jews in Cyprus.

“With the deepest respect, I welcome you today to the Cyprus Friendship Memorial – Israel, which is dedicated to the children of Holocaust survivors who were born in Cyprus in the period 1946-1949”, he added.

Mr. Palmas also said that the site of the Memorial is “symbol and unshakable testimony of the lasting friendship between Cyprus and the State of Israel”.

He mentioned that during the period of B’ During World War II and in the following years, Cyprus hosted a large number of Holocaust survivors and added that this year marks the 75th anniversary of the closure of the British camps in Cyprus, where significant numbers of Jewish Holocaust survivors were transported and held. strong>

O Πρoεδροσ παρσ τη σε εκδorλωση για 75η επΕτειο κλει σλματος στρατοπεδων Εβραλων

ΠτΔ &minus? Eκδήλωση μνήμης Στρατοπέδου Υπολοχαγού Βασίλειου Καποτά (πρώην BMH), Λευκωσία, Κύπροσ Ο Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας κ. Νίκος Χριστοδουλίδης απευθύνει χαιρετισμό στην εκδήλωση μνήμης για τα 75 χρόνια από το κλείσιμο των Στρατοπέδων Κράτησης για τους Εβραίους στην Κύπρο. //PoR – Commemoration event “Vasileios Kapotas” Military Camp (former British Military Hospital – BMH), Lefkosia, Cyprus The President of the Republic, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, addresses the commemoration event for the 75 years since the closure of the Detention Camps for the Jews in Cyprus.

“Thousands of them, as en route to their new homeland, they found temporary refuge in Cyprus”, which “became the safe harbor for Holocaust survivors, providing the security that was sorely lacking in their lives”, he underlined.

< p>Mr Palmas said that Cypriots provided support, comfort and solidarity to more than 50,000 Jews in the British detention camps at Karaolis, Famagusta, Xylotymbou and Dekelia.

He added that “during this period, and until the closing of the last camp in February 1949, 2200 Jewish children were born in Cyprus, creating an eternal, unbreakable bond between our two countries“. p>

O Πρoεδροσ παρe&sigma τη σε εκδorλωση για 75η επΕτειο κλει σλματος στρατοπεδων Εβραλων

ΠτΔ &minus? Eκδήλωση μνήμης Στρατοπέδου Υπολοχαγού Βασίλειου Καποτά (πρώην BMH), Λευκωσία, Κύπροσ Ο Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας κ. Νίκος Χριστοδουλίδης απευθύνει χαιρετισμό στην εκδήλωση μνήμης για τα 75 χρόνια από το κλείσιμο των Στρατοπέδων Κράτησης για τους Εβραίους στην Κύπρο. //PoR – Commemoration event “Vasileios Kapotas” Military Camp (former British Military Hospital – BMH), Lefkosia, Cyprus The President of the Republic, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, addresses the commemoration event for the 75 years since the closure of the Detention Camps for the Jews in Cyprus.

“Drawing strength from history, we must stand resolutely against violence, anti-Semitism and all forms of racism, social inequality, intolerance and discrimination”, he underlined.

He added that we must work for a world where peace, reconciliation, cooperation and respect for human dignity will prevail.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the history of more than fifty of thousands of Jews who managed to escape from Europe and ended up in Cyprus “is a tragic reality of modern history that we must highlight for younger and future generations”.

Our presence here today serves as a portal of remembrance and reflection, a reminder of our obligation to respect, defend and protect human dignity, he added.

O Πρoεδροσ παρσ τη σε εκδorλωση για 75η επΕτειο κλει σλματος στρατοπεδων Εβραλων

ΠτΔ &minus? Eκδήλωση μνήμης Στρατοπέδου Υπολοχαγού Βασίλειου Καποτά (πρώην BMH), Λευκωσία, Κύπροσ Ο Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας κ. Νίκος Χριστοδουλίδης απευθύνει χαιρετισμό στην εκδήλωση μνήμης για τα 75 χρόνια από το κλείσιμο των Στρατοπέδων Κράτησης για τους Εβραίους στην Κύπρο. //PoR – Commemoration event “Vasileios Kapotas” Military Camp (former British Military Hospital – BMH), Lefkosia, Cyprus The President of the Republic, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, addresses the commemoration event for the 75 years since the closure of the Detention Camps for the Jews in Cyprus.

He mentioned that this camp, where the first cry of the 2,200 Jewish children born in Cyprus was heard, “is an integral part of Jewish and Cypriot history”.

“Today, here at the Memorial Cyprus Friendship – Israel, we are weighed down by a deep sense of sadness”, which stems “from the voices of the six million Jews who perished and from the trauma suffered by the survivors”.

Ambassador of Israel: Cyprus and Israel honor their common past

In his speech, Israel's Ambassador to Cyprus Oren Anolik emphasized that Cyprus and Israel honor their common past and consolidate their common future, while he thanked President Christodoulidis for his friendship with Israel and for is “an ardent supporter of bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus and the State of Israel”.

O Πρoεδροσ παρσ τη σε εκδorλωση για 75η επΕτειο κλει σλματος στρατοπεδων Εβραλων

ΠτΔ &minus? Eκδήλωση μνήμης Στρατοπέδου Υπολοχαγού Βασίλειου Καποτά (πρώην BMH), Λευκωσία, Κύπροσ Ο Πρόεδρος της Δημοκρατίας κ. Νίκος Χριστοδουλίδης απευθύνει χαιρετισμό στην εκδήλωση μνήμης για τα 75 χρόνια από το κλείσιμο των Στρατοπέδων Κράτησης για τους Εβραίους στην Κύπρο. //PoR – Commemoration event “Vasileios Kapotas” Military Camp (former British Military Hospital – BMH), Lefkosia, Cyprus The President of the Republic, Mr Nikos Christodoulides, addresses the commemoration event for the 75 years since the closure of the Detention Camps for the Jews in Cyprus.

“Today we remember the common chapter in the history of our peoples – a chapter characterized by resilience, empathy and the pursuit of justice“, said the Israeli Ambassador, who wished that “this shared history will serve as a strong legacy, forging bonds of understanding and cooperation” between the two states.

“Let us pledge to preserve its lessons, ensuring that the spirit of solidarity between our peoples will continue to inspire us all,” he emphasized.

Mr. Anolik said that “reflecting on this chapter of our history, we have gathered today to honor the resilience and strength of of thousands of Jewish Holocaust survivors' who endured internment and hardship,“but they never lost faith in the ultimate goal: building a secure state for the Jewish people in their ancient homeland”.

At the same time, he said that “we honor the perseverance and solidarity of all of those Cypriots who helped the Jewish prisoners” – of all those Cypriots who showed readiness to contribute to the relief, well-being and freedom of the prisoners and added that “we honor the legacy of the late Prodromos Papavasiliou who spearheaded this effort.”

The Israeli Ambassador said that it has been 75 years since the closure of the Jewish refugee detention camps and” we continue to be fascinated and deeply moved by the numerous personal stories of Cypriots coming to light – storiesthat personify, crystallize and bear witness to the bonds of solidarity forged between the Jewish and Cypriot people under difficult circumstances”.

October 7 – Hamas

Referring to the October 7, 2023 attack by Hamas, Israel's Ambassador said that “the terrorist organization Hamas viciously attacked innocent Israeli citizens”.< /p>

“They raped, maimed and brutally murdered thousands of Israelis,” he said and added that “since October 7, we have been waging a war imposed on us – a war against brutality and terrorism, a war to defend our state, the lives of our people and the freedom of our civilians, who were taken hostage by the terrorists of Hamas,” he said.

He added that “these tragic events remind us that despite the amazing progress Israel has made since its founding, the road to a comprehensive peace is still long and difficult.”

In these dark days, according to Mr. Anolik, it is comforting and encouraging to see the solidarity and support that Israel receives from the Cypriot Government and its people.

“There is no no doubt in my mind that the roots of the excellent relations lie in what happened many decades ago,”, he concluded.

At the event, a speech was delivered, among others, by the President of the Israel Friendship Association -Cyprus, Honorary Ambassador Shemi Tzur and Christakis Papavasileiou, son of the late Prodromos Papavasileiou.

This was followed by a musical interlude by David Sebba and the soprano Daniela Skorka and a tour of the memorial area where three metal shelters, which were located at the time in the British Military Hospital, where today the 70 TMX is located.

The first shelter has been designed as a hospital room and from its ceiling hangs an oil lamp, which was used in the past for the room lighting. In the other 2 canopies there is photographic material and the guest book for signing.

Source: www.philenews.com

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