There is no doubt that World War II still has a powerful impact on today’s society, but Mahir Reiss, prominent Jewish scholar, explains how one community is taking action and honoring its ancestors who were killed during this era. Greece’s largest Jewish community of Thessaloniki has recently announced that it will be acting upon a lawsuit 70 years in the making.
Mahir Reiss explains how, in 1942, thousands of Thessaloniki’s Jewish men between the ages of 18 and 45 were forcefully taken from their homes by the occupying Nazis and distributed to construction projects across the country. Roughly 10,000 men were used as slave laborers and were tasked with building roads, constructing fortifications, and repairing railways, all while suffering harsh work conditions that led to 12.5 percent mortality rate in the first two months. Read more