Three dramatized testimonies under the title ‘Do not forget me’. These are the letters — from the book by the same title written by Leon Saltiel — signed by three Jewish mothers during the hard years of the Nazi occupation, addressed to their sons, sent from the Thessaloniki ghetto. Poems by Manolis Anagnostakis and Giorgos Ioannou and excerpts from the theatre of Loula Anagnostaki will be interposed between readings of the letters.
The filmed readings are an homage to the multicultural Thessaloniki of major historic communities; to Thessaloniki “the city of ghosts”, as it was named by historian Mark Mazower. They are the reparation of the moral debt of the Municipality of Thessaloniki and the Dimitria Festival to the 46,000 Jews, who, packed tightly into carriages of death, were displaced to Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps, as well as to those very few Holocaust survivors:
What can I tell you, other than that we are slowly edging towards death. Three groups have already left with all the unimaginable hardships, with no money, nothing, just a sack over their shoulder. The rest of us still here are dying from worry. (…) Perhaps this is the last letter I’ll write to you. (…) You will never be able to repay your friend for what he is doing for us. Be more than a brother to him. Give even your life for him (….).
My heart is being torn asunder.”