18 April, 2007
The Jewish-American organisation B'Nai B'rith honoured Greece's ambassador to the United States Alexandros Mallias for a series of cultural events dedicated to Greek Jews.
Addressing an official dinner inaugurating the events, Mallias referred to the lessons that the Holocaust can teach to younger generations, underlining the importance of history for the two peoples and the need to defend it from distortions.
B'Nai B'rith Vice-President Dan Mariaschin referred, on his part, to the "great progress in Greek-Israeli relations in past decades", noting that Israel "is Greece's biggest commercial partner in the Middle East."
Mariaschin also underlined that during the Nazi occupation, the Orthodox Church of Greece, Greek personalities and citizens offered refuge to their fellow Jewish citizens, before bestowing an honorary distinction to Mallias.
Source: Athens News Agency