The Jews of Ioannina, Greece

November 5, 1940 (4th of Cheshvan, 5701): During World War II, as the Greeks fought against the invading Italians, Haham Raphael Joseph Antzelou was killed in the Battle of Kalpaki on the Albanian front. Many Jews of Ioannina, a city in northwest Greece, fought on the Albanian front. The chief of staff of the Greek forces said of them, “The Greek Jews fulfilled their duty in full measure.”

Ioannina is the largest city in the Greek province of Epirus, with a modern-day population of 100,000.

Hellenic Post issued this 1 drachma stamp in March 1914, which honors the province of Epirus and pictures a Greek infantryman.



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