German President Joachim Gauck, right, kisses 93-year-old Esther Cohen,, a Greek Jewish death camp survivor, during his visit at a synagoge in Ioannina, northwestern Greece, on March 7, 2014
German President Joachim Gauck embraces Esther Cohen during his visit to a synagogue in Ioannina in 2014
Photo: AP
German President Joachim Gauck embraces Esther Cohen during his visit to a synagogue in Ioannina in 2014

Greece's oldest Holocaust survivor dies aged 96

Εsther Cohen survived Auschwitz death camp where her family perished; representative of Jewish community in Ioannina says she passed away from ‘old age’; funeral to take place on Thursday

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Published: 12.02.20 , 21:16
Εsther Cohen, Greece's oldest Holocaust survivor, has died of "old age", a representative of the Jewish community in northwestern Ioannina where she lived said Wednesday. She was 96 years old.
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  • Cohen was 20 when she and other Jews were rounded up in 1944 and sent to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, in occupied Poland.
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    German President Joachim Gauck, right, kisses 93-year-old Esther Cohen,, a Greek Jewish death camp survivor, during his visit at a synagoge in Ioannina, northwestern Greece, on March 7, 2014
    German President Joachim Gauck, right, kisses 93-year-old Esther Cohen,, a Greek Jewish death camp survivor, during his visit at a synagoge in Ioannina, northwestern Greece, on March 7, 2014
    German President Joachim Gauck embraces Esther Cohen during his visit to a synagogue in Ioannina in 2014
    (Photo: AP)
    It was at the Auschwitz gates that she last saw her parents and other family members.
    Only 110 Jews survived the Holocaust among some 2,000 deported from the city, whose Jewish community dates to the ninth century under the Byzantine Empire.
    In 2014, during a visit to Ioannina by Germany's then-president Joachim Gauck, he met Cohen at a public event, in tears as he kissed her and begged forgiveness for the atrocities committed by the Nazis.
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    התמונה הפותחת את התערוכה - שחרור אושוויץ
    התמונה הפותחת את התערוכה - שחרור אושוויץ
    The liberation of Auschwitz on January 27, 1945
    (Photo: Archive)
    The moment was captured in a photograph that appeared on newspapers' front pages around the world.
    "After our deaths, people should realize that Man should not be inhuman," she told the German president.
    Some six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust.
    Cohen's funeral will be held on Thursday, the community representative, Periklis Ritas, told AFP.

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