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Obj. ID: 44730  Memorial for Victims of British Bombing in the New Jewish Cemetery in Rhodes, Greece, 2014

© ESJF European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative, Photographer: Arshynov, Hryhoriy, 2019

Who is Commemorated?

Victims of British bombing

Description

The monument is white marble hexahedron, block, constructed of thin white marble panels forming a cuboid block, about 1.5 meters high, with one sloping side. The block is set above ground level upon two step-like base levels, the top one smaller than the bottom. The inscribed face slopes backward toward the top. Only this front side – facing the path – is inscribed. There is a memorial inscription in French and English, followed by a list of names of victims of the two bombs. None of the inscription is in Greek or Hebrew. 

Inscriptions

In French:

A la memoire des martyrs juifs deceds
Lors des bombardements de la “juderia”
Le 2 fevrier et le 8 Avril 1944,
Ils furent victims de la barbarie nazie.

TranslationIn memory of the Jewish martyrs killed / During the bombing of the “juderia” / On February 2, and April 8, 1944 / 
Victims of Nazi barbarism

 In English:

In memory of the Jewish martyrs killed
During the bombing of the “juderia”
In February and April 1944,
Victims of Nazi barbarism

[Lists of names]

May their souls rest in peace

Documenter
Samuel D. Gruber | May 12, 2022
Author of description
Samuel D. Gruber | 2022
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Memorial for Victims of British Bombing in the New Jewish Cemetery in Rhodes | Unknown
Type of Monument
Monument Setting
Cemetery   
Object Detail
Completion Date
2014
Synagogue active dates
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Artist/ Maker
Location
Greece | South Aegean Region | Rhodes Island | Rhodes (Ρόδος)
| Rodou – Kallitheas Avenue (between the catholic and the Muslim cemetery)
Site
Unknown
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White marble
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Measurements
Monument base is 141 cm on each side
Base is 19 cm high
Upper block is 155 cm high
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Façade (main)
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History

The memorial, dedicated in 2014, commemorates the Jewish victims of the British aerial bombing that leveled houses in the Jewish Quarter on February 2nd and April 8th, 1944. These were the first fatalities in the Rhodes Jewish community of the war and German occupation. Significantly, the memorial mentions “Nazi barbarism,” thus suggesting the Germans were the bombers, when in fact it was British Royal Air Force planes who carried out the attack. 

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