Obj. ID: 44917 Children's Memorial at Pofsou Square, Athens, Greece, 1981
Who is Commemorated?
13,000 Greek Jewish children killed by the Nazis.
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.
ΟΙ NAZI ΣTA KREMATOPIA
НТАΝ 13,000 ΕΛΛНΝΟПΟΥΛА
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
Greek Jewish mothers
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.
“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)