Jewish-Christian relations in Zakynthos

The 275 Jews of the island of Zakynthos, however, survived the Holocaust. When the island’s mayor, Carrer, was presented with the German order to hand over a list of Jews, Bishop Chrysostomos returned to the Germans with a list of two names; his and the mayor’s. The island’s population hid every member of the Jewish community. When the island was almost levelled by the great earthquake of 1953, the first relief came from the state of Israel, with a message that read “The Jews of Zakynthos have never forgotten their Mayor or their beloved Bishop and what they did for us.”

My two cents

Zakynthos - Keri Cape
Zakynthos – Keri Cape (Photo credit: Marek52)

What a nice story. I like the stand taken by the mayor and the bishop. This might not have worked if there was an absolute separation between church and state.

Quote source

Wikipedia (2010). History of the Jews in Greece, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_in_Greece, accessed 2 December 2010.

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