Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris was the second recipient of the “Damaskinos Award” on June 1, 2016, in New York City. The award goes to individuals who have promoted and defended tolerance and cooperation among all religions in Greece. Boutaris has undertaken and implemented many important initiatives — among them is the founding of The Holocaust Museum and Educational Centre.
His efforts have contributed to the recognition of the significant role of the Sephardic Jews to the rebirth, prosperity and culture of this City during the past five centuries. In particular, Mayor Boutaris’ ability to foster ties between the Jewish and Christian communities in Greece speaks to pluralistic New York, where many tens of thousands of people of Greek origin reside and work.
Source: US Embassy in Athens