Who is Commemorated?
Holocaust victims from Volos
The memorial monument occupies a rectangular plot, much like other grave markers on burial plots in the cemetery. Its basic form emulates that of other graves in the area. The plot is outlined with a low marble border wall, two steps above the cemetery path level, on which are set low white marble rectangular marble piers. A metal chain is attached from one pier to the next, enclosing the space. There is only on entry to the memorial, directly from the front. The memorial is a platform made in horizontal levels that get smaller as they ascend, creating steps. On the third level a horizontal box-like tomb is set about waist height. The top slab slopes forward slightly and is covered with a brief inscription at the top and then three columns of inscribed names of Holocaust victims. The inscribed slab abuts a rectangular block at the head. On this are set three connected smoothly finished marble cylinders of different heights. Atop each cylinder is set a two-piece carved red sandstone that resembles a flame. Thus, the cylinders should be read as burning candles at the head of the tomb.
ΣΕ ΑΝΑΜΝΗΣΗ ΤΩΝ ΑΔΕΛΦΩΝ ΜΑΣ ΒΟΛΙΩΤΩΝ
ΘΥΜΑΤΩΝ ΤΟΥ ΟΛΟΚΑΥΤΩΜΑΤΟΣ
Translation: In memory of our Volos brothers/victims of the Holocaust // Followed by a list of names in three columns.
On the base:
Ν. ΙΩΝΙΑ ΒΟΛΟΣ
Translation: CONSTRUCTION / G. VARELAS / TEL. 68636 / N. IONIA VOLOS
Jewish Community of Volos
In 1883 the Jewish community was granted space by the municipality of Volos for a new cemetery next to the Christian cemetery in Nea Ionia, on Paraskevopoulou Street. The cemetery occupies an area of 4,000 square meters and has around 700 graves. The memorial for victims of the Holocaust was dedicated in 1990.
Jewish Community of Volos: A Brief Historical Overview. Volos: The Jewish Community of Volos, 2018.
Kone, Loise and Roula Kone, Jewish-Greek Communities: little Beloved Homes (Volos: The Ladies of the Jewish Community of Volos, 2006)
“History,” The Jewish Community of Volos, https://www.jcvolos.gr/indexeg.php?cat=67133 (accessed December 21, 2021)