Athens.- People who risked their lives to save Greek Jews from Nazi persecution during WWII will be honoured in a special event to take place on June 25, hosted by the city of Veria, in northern Greece, in cooperation with the embassy of Israel in Greece.
Giorgos and Panagiota Lanaras and Fr. Nestoras Karamitsopoulos will posthumously receive the title of “Righteous among the Nations” for rescuing Greek Jew Yosef Danielli, his wife Buena and their 10 children from the Nazis occupiers. The awards will be received by the Lanaras and Karamitsopoulos families. Yosef’s son, Shimon Danielli, now in his 80s, will travel to Veria from Israel especially for the event.
The honorees will receive a diploma and medal from Yad Vashem, the Institute and Museum established in Jerusalem by the State of Israel to perpetuate the memory of the six million martyrs and heroes of the Holocaust. The names of the “righteous” are engraved on a plaque at the premises of the museum in a ceremony held in Jerusalem.
Roughly 300 Greek citizens have been honored by Yad Vashem, among them, the late Archbishop of Greece, Damaskinos, the chief of Greek Police during the Nazi occupation, Angelos Evert, the late Metropolitans of Zakynthos and Dimitriada, Chrysostomos and Ioakim, respectively, and the former mayor of the island of Zakynthos, Loukas Karrer.