But it wasn't like this until about two years ago.
The community of Thessaloniki, one of the oldest and most opulent in the histor of European Jewry, live here quietly. It had been this way from the time of Hellenists until the Holocaust, which decimated the vibrant community.
Today, Thessaloniki finds itself in the middle of a new storm, brought on by the rise of the Pro-Nazi party "Golden Dawn,"
According to the locals, the deep recession in which Greece is entrenched is the motivating factor behind the changing attitudes. And, as in the past, when there is no money, Jews take the brunt of people's frustrations. The unemployment rate 60% for those 24-35, and 25% of the overall population is out of work. cont.