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Levitt Robinson has initiated fundraising efforts for the endowment of a new courtyard at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem which is to be dedicated to the ‘heroes of Zakynthos’ who, in September of 1943, saved members of the Jewish community from advancing Nazi forces.


As was reported in Lawyers Weekly on 20 December 2016, Levitt Robinson held a dinner in Sydney last month, at 1821 Restaurant in Martin Place, which was attended by prominent members of the Australian Greek and Jewish communities, including representatives of the Zakynthian Association and the Hon. Sophie Cotsis MLC, the Shadow Minister for Women, Disability Services, Multiculturalism and Ageing.


The dinner was addressed by Searle Brajtman from the English Language Desk of the International Relations Division of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Jerusalem, who presented on Greco-Jewish relations leading up to Zakynthos’s “finest hour”.


“To honour the people of Zakynthos is to dwell on the positive, even when viewing the darkest period in human history. The ultimate triumph of good over evil is the message from Zakynthos, which is a common theme of both Judaism and Christianity,” firm founding partner Stewart Levitt said.


In 1943, Jewish-Ionian citizens numbering about 275 people were sent to hide in the hillside homes of the island’s Christian population. These efforts were made possible by the bravery of local mayor Loukas Karrer and Bishop Chrysostomos, who “stonewalled the Gestapo while the Jews were sent to hide”.


Mr Levitt added that the “courage to care” is a cornerstone principle for the staff at the firm.


However, it is important for political and religious leaders to also keep this ethos in mind, he said.


Levitt Robinson is in the process of establishing a fundraising committee to initiate fundraising efforts towards the endowment of this courtyard in honour of the Righteous of Zakynthos.


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