74th Anniversary of Deportations from Salonika

Heinz Kunio, a Holocaust survivor, places a flower on a train wagon during a memorial marking the 74th anniversary of the first deportation of Jews from the Greek city of Thessaloniki (also known as Salonika) to Auschwitz, in Thessaloniki on Sunday. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Salonika had the largest Jewish community in Greece before World War II. The Jewish population was around 50,000 at the time of the German occupation. Between March and August 1943, the Nazis deported more than 45,000 Jews from Salonika to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. Most were gassed on arrival. (Reuters/Alexandros Avramidis)
Jews attending the memorial event in Thessaloniki on Sunday. (Reuters/Alexandros Avramidis)