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Obj. ID: 44917  Children's Memorial at Pofsou Square, Athens, Greece, 1981

© Samuel D. Gruber, Photographer: Gruber, Samuel D., 2022

Who is Commemorated?

13,000 Greek Jewish children killed by the Nazis.

Description

Pofou Square is a planned widening of the street that runs one block between Michail Voda and Acharnon Street a short way from the Aghios Nikolaos metro stop of Line I (Green line). The apartment buildings the line the street are built to allow a wider than usual space between and this is a austere paved park and play area. Near the end that connects with Acharnon Street, there is a large open paved plaza and the block with the dedicatory and memorial inscription is set to the side of this.

The monument is a concrete block with an angled top one which is affixed a rectangular inscribed marble plaque. 

Inscription

ТА ΣKΟТΩΣАΝ

ΟΙ NAZI ΣTA KREMATOPIA

НТАΝ 13,000 ΕΛΛНΝΟПΟΥΛА

EBPAIOПАΙΔА

ΓΙΑ ΤΡΥΦΕΡΗ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΓΙΚΗ ΘΥΜΗΣΗ ΤΟΥΣ

ΟΙ ΕΛΛΗΝΟΕΒΡΑΙΕΣ ΜΗΤΕΡΕΣ

ΣΥΝΕΒΑΛΑΝ ΣΤΗΝ ΚΑΤΑΣΚΕΥΗ

ΤΩΝ ΠΑΙΧΝΙΔΙΩΝ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΙΔΟΤΟΠΟΥ

Translation: They were killed / By the Nazis in the crematoria / They were 13,000 Greek / Jewish children / To their soft and tragic memory / The Greek Jewish mothers / Have contributed to the construction / Of the games in this playground

Commissioned by

Greek Jewish mothers

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Samuel D. Gruber | 2022
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Samuel D. Gruber | 2022
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Children's Memorial at Pofsou Square, Athens | Unknown
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History

In 1981, Greek Jewish mothers contributed playground equipment to the square in memory of 13,000 Greek Jewish children killed by the Nazis. 

The memorial plaque was defaced in June 2015 with a Nazi swastika and Nazi SS signs.

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Sources

“Announcement for the vandalism of the plaque commemorating Holocaust children at a play yard in Athens,” KIS / Central Board of Jewish Communities Website, June 11, 2015., https://kis.gr/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=578:announcement-for-the-vandalism-of-the-plaque-commemorating-holocaust-children-at-a-play-yard-in-athens&catid=12:2009&Itemid=41 (accessed October 27, 2022)

“Athens memorial to Jewish children killed in Holocaust vandalized: Anti-Semitic attacks only ‘unite us together against fascism, racism and intolerance,’ Jewish community says,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, June 11, 2015. , https://www.timesofisrael.com/athens-memorial-to-jewish-children-killed-in-holocaust-vandalized/ (accessed October 27, 2022)

“Greek foreign ministry spokesperson’s statement regarding the desecration of a monument to Greek children of Jewish descent who were victims of the Holocaust,” KIS / Central Board of Jewish Communities Website (June 12, 2015)., https://kis.gr/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=579:foreign-ministry-spokespersons-statement-regarding-the-desecration-of-a-monument-to-greek-children-of-jewish-descent-who-were-victims-of-the-holocaust&catid=12:2009&Itemid=41 (accessed October 27, 2022)
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