Saturday, 15 May 2010

Molotov bombing of Thessaloniki Jewish Cemetery (επίθεση με Μολότοφ στο Εβραϊκό Νεκροταφείο Θεσσαλονίκης)

On his excellent (if often inevitably depressing) dual-language blog on Jewish life in Greece, Abravanel has detailed an Incendiary Attack Against the Jewish Cemetery of Salonica [Επίθεση με Μολότοφ στο Εβραϊκό Νεκροταφείο Θεσσαλονίκης], a Molotov bombing:
At dawn on Friday the 14th of May 2010, people who belong to nationalist/neo-Nazi space (1), attacked the new Jewish Cemetery of Thessaloniki in the Stavropoli area (2).

Apart from the spraying of graffiti with stock antisemitic slogans like Juden Raus, Burn the Jews, Sieg Heil, Hitler and the depiction of the nazi swastika and the number 88 which is linked to the Es Es [H is the eighth letter of the alphabet, thus 88 is HH, which stands for "Heil Hitler"], they attempted to destroy the Jewish tombs using molotov cocktails as incendiary devices.

[Τα ξημερώματα της Παρασκευής 14ης Μαϊου 2010 άτομα που ανήκουν στον εθνικιστικό/νεοναζιστικό χώρο, επιτέθηκαν στο νέο Εβραϊκό Νεκροταφείο της Θεσσαλονίκης στην περιοχή της Σταυρούπολης.

Πέρα από την αναγραφή γκραφίτι με κλασικά αντισημιτικά συνθήματα όπως Juden Raus, Φωτιά στους Εβραίους, Sieg Heil, Hitler και των συμβόλων της ναζιστικής σβάστικας και του αριθμού 88 που συνδέονται με τα Ες Ες [H είναι το όγδοο γράμμα της αλφαβήτας, άρα 88 είναι HH, που αντικαθιστεί "Heil Hitler"], επιτέθηκαν με βόμβες μολότωφ στους εβραϊκούς τάφους.]
(I have tweaked some of Abravanel's translation to make it read more easily; but I have honoured Abravanel's choices of words, such as his translation of "classic antisemitic slogans" as 'stock antisemitic slogans'.)
  1. That sentence still doesn't read fluidly; but the original idea of someone "belonging to the nationalist/neo-Nazi space" (a geographical image of a political community) doesn't translate really.
  2. I've left that phrase as it is (rather than translating it as "the new Jewish Cemetery in the Stavropoli area of Thessaloniki"), because the site's name is the Jewish Cemetery of Thessaloniki. It also serves to remind that the old Jewish Cemetery of Thessaloniki is destroyed and invisible underneath the campus of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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