Greek Jewish hero of war memorialized

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Many years ago, Frizis' statue was placed in a central square of Halkis, his birthplace.

The president of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece, Nissim Mais, said at the unveiling: "The bust of our coreligionist, the late Col. M. Frizis, which has been placed in the War Museum, together with the other war heroes, constitutes a monument of commemoration and honor for all the Greek Jewish soldiers."

Mais added: "We, the Jews of Greece, together with our Christian compatriots, have fought side by side to defend Greece and to serve the ideal of liberty and national independence."

The Italian army attacked Oct. 28, 1940. The Germans invaded April 6, 1941.

Before the German invasion, 12,898 Jews served in the army, and hundreds fell in battle. After the occupation, the country was split up.

The United Hellenic American Congress has established the "Mordocheos Frizis Award," a credit to American Jews who promote the strengthening of Greek-Jewish ties.

This year the recipient of the award was U.S. Rep. Benjamin Gilman (R-N.Y.).