Obj. ID: 46383 Holocaust Memorial at the Train Station in Thessaloniki, Greece, 2004
Who is Commemorated?
50,000 Greek Jews of Thessaloniki
A rectangular plaque with commemorative text in Greek and English is affixed to the exterior wall of the train station.
Informational signs about the history of the train station and deportations are erected at the edge of the parking area in front of the station.
Four unused rail freight wagons – box cars – sit on a track behind the station. These wagons are like those that were used to transport Jews from Thessaloniki to Poland.
ΑΦΙΕΡΩΝΕΤΑΙ ΣΤΗΝ ΙΕΡΗ ΜΝΗΜΗ ΤΩΝ 50,000
EBRAIΩN THΣ ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗΣ ΠΟΥ ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ
MARTIO MEXPI TON AYΓΟΥΣΤΟ TOY 1943,
ΟΔΗΓΗΘΗΚΑΝ ΑΠΟ TOYΣ NAZI KATAKTHTEΣ THΣ
ΠΑΤΡΙΔΑΣ MAΣ, ΣTON ΠΑΛΙΟ ΣΙΔΗΡΟΔROMIKO
ΣΤΑΘΜΟ, ΣΤΟIBAXTHKAN ΣΕ ΚΛΕΙΣΤΑ ΦOPTHΓΑ
BAΓONIA ΖΩΩΝ KAI EKTOΠΙΣTHKAN ΣTA
ΣΤPATOΠΕΔΑ ΑΟΥΣΒΙΤΣ – ΜΠΙΡKENAOY, OΠΟΥ
BPHKAN MAPTYPIKO ΘANATO
DEDICATED TO THE SACRED MEMORY OF THE
50000 GREEK JEWS OF THESSALONIKI WHO,
FROM MARCH UNTIL AUGUST 1943, WERE TAKEN
BY THE NAZI CONQUERORS TO THE OLD
RAILWAY STATION, PILED UP INTO CLOSED
LIVESTOCK WAGONS AND WERE DEPORTED TO
THE CAMPS OF AUSCHWITZ – BIRKENAU WHERE
THEY MET A MARTYR’S DEATH
| Railway Freight Station, Thessaloniki 546 27
The commemorative plaque was unveiled at the Old Railway Station in the presence of representatives of the political scene and city officials on April 25, 2004.
Kyriakoulis, Vassilis, “Thessaloniki march held to mark anniversary of first Auschwitz deportation,” The Times of Israel, March 17, 2019., https://www.timesofisrael.com/thessaloniki-march-held-to-mark-anniversary-of-first-auschwitz-deportation/ (accessed January 29, 2023)
“Commemorative Plaque at the Old Railway Station,” Jewish Legacy in Thessaloniki Mobile App, http://thessalonikijewishlegacy.com/commemorativePlaqDescriptionEN.html (accessed January 29, 2023)