On Wednesday 10th May 2017, the families of Lusis and Mimis Beza, Sellis Angel, and Odelya and Leo Nahmia invited their relatives and friends to a ceremony held at the Jewish Museum of Greece, in order to award honorary distinctions to the descendants of the families of Nikos and Katina Mania and Spilios and Chrysavgi Mania, who rescued siblings Mary Angel-Carasso and Albert Carasso during the Nazi occupation.
The guests were welcomed by the Director of the JMG, Mrs. Zanet Battinou, who welcomed them and delineated the content about the significance of the ceremony. Then, Mr. Samuel (Makis) Matsas, chairman of the JMG, took the floor and linked his own personal history to the history of the Carasso family with the difficulties and the dangers encountered by the families who offered their help and protection. Following this, Mr. Moses Konstantinis, former president of the Central Board of Jewish Communities of Greece, briefly referred to the events of Thessaloniki and the tragedy of the “conviction” of the 56,000 Jews of the city whose only “offense” was their Jewish identity. Finally, Mr. Sakis Leon, member of the Central Board of Jewish Communities of Greece, explained the procedure followed by the Yad Vashem Foundation for the allocation of the title of “Law of the Nations”.
The screening of a video-documentary followed, which narrated the story of Mary and Albert Carasso’s rescue, while after the end of the screening, the place was filled with the sounds of the L’ Anima trio (consisting of Stella Tsani – Violin, Dorin Laskaridou – guitar and Lefki Colovou – cello).
The event continued with the award of the honorary plaque to the family of Spilios and Chrysavgi Mania by the representative of the Community Council of Thessaloniki and President of the Community Assembly of the Thessaloniki Jewish Community, and then Mrs. Lucy Angel – Beza thanked the two families from the heart, since her very existence was due to their actions, while she did not forget to thank the Museum and its staff for their contribution to the realisation of this event. She invited her sister, Mrs. Selli Angel, to award a commemorative plaque to the families of Nikos and Katina Mania and Spilios and Chrysavgi Mania, in memory of their mother Mary Carasso, and Mrs. Odelya Carasso Nahmia to award a commemorative plaque in the memory of her father, Albert Carasso.
The event ended with the second part of the musical programme and cocktails offered to the attendees.