Thursday, March 07, 2013

Golden Dawn 'ready to open the ovens' to Greece's immigrants

This video - 'The True Face of Golden Dawn' - is profoundly offensive and deeply shocking. It concerns Greece's neo-Nazi party, to which Greeks are increasingly turning in their frustration with the country's political mainstream. Film student Konstantinos Georgousis filmed party members on the streets of Athens as Greece hovered on the economic and political abyss. It is still there: Greece is sinking in a morass of public sector strikes, austerity measures including pay freezes, tax hikes and extensions to the official retirement age, soaring unemployment and civil unrest. The malignant euro is rotting the soul of ancient democracy.

The anti-immigrant rhetoric isn't unique to Golden Dawn: it is being deployed by New Democracy MPs as well as they seek to bring in a bill to restrict all police and military personnel to those of 'Greek race'. Golden Dawn are delighted by this: "The honourable uniform of the Greek armed officer will not be handed to the Albanians, the Asians and the Africans and the country’s armed forces will not come under the control of foreign spies," read a statement issued by the party.

And so, once again, we see the emergence of the spirit of Nazism on the European continent. To hear Greeks talk of 'opening the ovens' and turning immigrants into soap is utterly, utterly deplorable. No wonder the country's ruling party is seeking to limit free speech by controlling newspapers and other media that speak out against the 'mainstream' version of political patriotism. It won't work. This is a Greek tragedy written in Brussels, and we haven't yet reached the interval: the dénouement will be terrifying.

Remove from a nation the right to set its own interest rates to suit its own domestic economy, and in times of turmoil it is left either to tinker with taxation or slash spending. Since the people are not particularly disposed either to high rates of taxation or to cuts in their public services, disquiet turns into protests; protests become marches; marches become riots; riots become social turmoil.

And social turmoil slips into civil war, which is precisely what looms.

In the midst of this turmoil, it is the Church which nurtures immigrant souls and gives spiritual guidance. Not only the Greek Orthodox Church, but also the Anglican Church joins with them in an attempt to bring peace and harmony where there is discord. Eurobishop David Hamid writes:
Ecumenical cooperation continues to grow in Greece between Orthodox and Anglicans. Recently, 'Apostoli', the administrative centre for the Greek Orthodox Church, approached the Anglican Chaplaincy in Athens and enquired as to whether it would be able to provide free English lessons for Greek children of families on very low incomes. Some of the children have received lessons at language schools but loss in family income because of the economic crisis has meant that they had to be withdrawn. Volunteers from the Anglican Church of St Paul offered assistance - one a trained teacher.

On Wednesday 5 March the first lesson was given as pictured above. Lessons are provided twice weekly at the administrative centre. This is one of several projects in Athens where the Orthodox Church and the Anglican Church are working together, particularly during this time of economic hardship in Greece
According to a recent Eurostat 'Eurobarometer' poll, 81 per cent of Greek citizens responded that they believe there is a God; only 3 per cent said they did not believe. The religious beliefs of Golden Dawn are unknown, but it is inconceivable that any Christian could utter the dehumanising words in this video. It only takes a minority to perpetuate the belief that some people are less human than others for the oven doors to be opened once again. No doubt the targets are Greece's Muslims and the (mostly illegal) immigrants from Eastern Europe and the Third World.

This is a direct consequence of the inexorable drive for European union. The Pope Emeritus observed a few years ago that the global financial crisis ‘shows the futility of money and ambition’. He said: "He who builds only on visible and tangible things like success, career and money builds the house of his life on sand. We are now seeing, in the collapse of major banks, that money vanishes, it is nothing." And he added: "The only solid reality is the Word of God."

The Archbishop of Canterbury would concur: where there is no ethical framework in finance, we are left with the unfettered worship of Mammon. "In the case of the financial markets and infrastructure of the world," he said, "what has been obliterated is not physical, plant, property and equipment, but confidence. There is no longer confidence in banks as safe, in banks as virtuous, or in bankers as being part of the same world as the rest of us and with the same values and desires as the rest of us. That loss of confidence may be unfair, in many cases I would argue that it is, but it is a reality." He observed: "Activity without purpose is anarchy. It may not look like anarchy, it may in fact be very well organised anarchy but unless it has a serious and clear purpose activity is merely random."

In Greece, that anarchy is not only beginning to look like anarchy: it is organised, serious and purposeful. May God forgive our European Overlords; may He help and sustain the Eurobishop and all who strive for peace and reconciliation.


Blogger English Pensioner said...

It is very easy for all of us, sitting in warm homes having eaten a good meal and living in a reasonably stable country, to get on the internet and condemn such people.
Many Greeks aren't in this position. A significant percentage of the population are now not eating enough, and it has become almost impossible to get drugs and other medical supplies. Elderly are dying unnecessarily for the want of help for which there is no money. People have committed suicide because they were starving.
I'd like to think that I wouldn't behave like members of Golden Dawn if I were in that position, but who knows how any of us would behave under those circumstances. Certainly I find it hard to condemn them.
Remember those who put the Nazis in power in Germany did it because they thought it was for the beast as previous governments had failed. The same could easily happen in Greece, or indeed Spain.

7 March 2013 at 10:59  
Blogger GGAANN said...

Horrible, Horrible,

This needs to be seen everywhere. What a tragedy that the hubris of the European elite could create what they wanted at all costs to avoid: the return of Nazism

7 March 2013 at 11:00  
Blogger IanCad said...

I have to wonder if this is where UKIP will eventually take us.
Populist movements are extremely dangerous.

7 March 2013 at 11:00  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

EP: "I'd like to think that I wouldn't behave like members of Golden Dawn if I were in that position, but who knows how any of us would behave under those circumstances. Certainly I find it hard to condemn them."

No issues condemning them at my end. None at all.

7 March 2013 at 11:07  
Blogger Stormbringer III said...

@DanJ0: I think EP's point was broadly paraphrasing, 'Do not judge, lest ye be judged'. Education and Guidance, not Coercion and Condemnation.

7 March 2013 at 11:27  
Blogger Neil Addison said...

A small point of Grammar arises in this particular Blog posting
you say
"The Pope Emeritus observed a few years ago"
Which is incorrect and should read
"Pope Benedict observed a few years ago"
Or even "The then Pope"

If the Pope Emeritus was to say something now then it would be correct to refer to him as such but not to use the title when referring to what he said when Pope. The same rule applies in referring to the words or actions of former Archbishops or Prime Ministers during their term of office as opposed to their words and actions today.

7 March 2013 at 11:37  
Blogger david kavanagh said...


I have no problem in condemning these thugs- I recall that during the election, one their number attacks an opponent live on air.

That is the actions of a fascist-esque type party and not the actions of a mainstream political party in a liberal democracy. Even more sad given that Greece is the home to the ancient democracy of Athens and classical learning.

I like the Greeks, there is much I like about their culture and focus on the family.

The problem isn't with ordinary Greeks, but their political class who sold themselves to Brussels and are now being bullied by Germany for the sake of this political currency the EU and the creditor banks of Northern Europe.

The more I think about it and the more I see, the only logical and sane solution is to break up the Eurozone in the least possible disruptive way. It could be done and would be better for everyone.

Incidentally I think even America has an interest in Greece as it is a NATO ally in a sensitive region (think Turkey, Israel and the states of the western med), so much so Obama, so it is reported, read the riot act to Merkel about being less tough on the Greeks with the budget cuts. That clearly went in one ear and out of the other.

I guess we'll see what happens, in Spain and Italy - two big European powers which are being forced into similar lunatic policies as Greece.

Who is the one who is going pull the pin out of the Euro grenade? Will it be Italy, following the recent elections there?

7 March 2013 at 11:52  
Blogger Nick said...

One should not forget that the Greeks themselves are partly to blame for their mess. They borrowed far too much and the country is riddled with corruption. Greeks have long lived beyond their means with inevitable consequences.

Now Brussels tries to bully them into shape but merely exacerbates the situation. Put a bully and an idiot together and the results can be devestating

I would go further than blaming Brussels. I would also blame the buy-now-pay-later culture of Western banks. They are like a cancer feeding off human weakness.

7 March 2013 at 12:08  
Blogger Corrigan said...

Two points Nick - one, pointing out the obvious now is hardly helpful and two, your country is also riddled with corruption; you just don't recognize it as such. When people leave university at 22 and go straight into politics as a career, the same way they would into medicine or the law, that's corruption because they are doing it with the intention of securing the levers of state power which they can then sell to the highest bidder in return for lots and lots of lucrative directorships and consultancies. The best bit is that it's all perfectly legal. It's also the reason why western banks have been able to feed off human weakness like a cancer.

7 March 2013 at 12:24  
Blogger bluedog said...

Mr Neil Addison @ 11.37 comments, 'A small point of Grammar arises in this particular Blog posting
you say "The Pope Emeritus observed a few years ago".

Is this a point of grammar or a point of etiquette in terms of defining nomenclature? This communicant sees no fault in the grammatical construction of the sentence.

You may have a somewhat pedantic point in terms of nomenclature. However, given the very recent change in Benedict's status to Pope Emeritus, the first candidate for that post in 600 years, it would seem unlikely that the man on the Clapham Omnibus could possibly be in any doubt as to which Pope His Grace's wider comment referred. To remove the merest scintilla of doubt His Grace's sentence could potentially be rewritten as 'The current Pope Emeritus...'

On the other hand, if a second Pope were to resign early in despair, or as a result of the introduction of a fixed term in office, one can foresee potential confusion as to who was Pope Emeritus. The Americans have an informal convention whereby ex-Presidents are referred to by their number, Forty-second, for example.

If the Vatican were to adopt the same convention, any cohort of ex-Popes could be easily categorised.

7 March 2013 at 12:28  
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7 March 2013 at 12:31  
Blogger Julia Gasper said...

Gaaaan says "What a tragedy that the hubris of the European elite could create what they wanted at all costs to avoid: the return of Nazism."

7 March 2013 at 12:33  
Blogger Neil Addison said...

The purpose of Grammar is to ensure clarity. A former American President carries the honorary title of 'Mr President' but if Bill Clinton makes a speech today his speech is referred to as coming from 'former President Clinton' however if you are quoting a speech he made whilst he was president then he should be referred to as 'President Clinton' because he made the speech in that capacity. Similarly the words and writings of Cardinal Ratzinger need to be distinguished from the words and actions of Pope Benedict and both are to be distinguished from the words and actions of the Pope Emeritus.

7 March 2013 at 12:41  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Stormbringer: "@DanJ0: I think EP's point was broadly paraphrasing, 'Do not judge, lest ye be judged'. Education and Guidance, not Coercion and Condemnation."

I'm condemning the sentiments and contents of those Golden Dawn supporters and activists. I have no trouble doing that at all. "We will make lamps of their skin"? Nope, no trouble condemning that. That's a directly allusion to Nazi atrocities leading up to and during WW2.

It's a fair point to say that we don't know how we'd behave if we were starving and desperate but those people in the video saying those things are not starving. They're sitting outside cafes smoking, drinking, and making their comments with sneers and laughs. I'm very comfortable condemning that.

7 March 2013 at 12:44  
Blogger Owl said...

This is a reaction to stupid policies, a sign of desperation if you like. HG is quite correct in his analysis.
This can happen any where if the situation deteriorates enough.
Someone, some group of people, have to take the blame. Only the people who caused the situation don't ever seem to be to blame.
It once happened in Germany, it could also happen in the UK.
The Fabian socialist dream (sometimes referred to as the EU) has a lot to answer for.

7 March 2013 at 14:09  
Blogger Pubcrawler said...

Mr Addison

"The purpose of Grammar is to ensure clarity."

That may or may not be so. However, your point is one of semantics, not of grammar.

7 March 2013 at 14:35  
Blogger Neil Addison said...

Pubcrawler. Yes probably semantics would be a better title than grammar. Probably the best way to deal with the problem is simply to say 'Pope Benedict XVI said' since that is precise and avoids any confusion because there is no longer a Pope Benedict XVI and whoever replaces him will have another title. However the fundamental point is whatever was said or written by Pope Benedict XVI during his Certificate was not said or written by the Pope Emeritus

To give a British comparison, whilst he was King Edward VIII gave royal assent to acts of Parliament and performed other royal duties. After his Abdication those acts remained actions of King Edward VIII and did not become the actions of the Duke of Windsor

7 March 2013 at 14:56  
Blogger Neil Addison said...

NB Certificate should read Pontificate. I obviously have a Protestant spell checker !

7 March 2013 at 15:03  
Blogger David Hussell said...

This is the sad and potentially evil results of persuing stupid policies. The last Pope was right. The EU has a constitution that knows of no God and even refuses to recognize Europe's Christian heritage , perhaps the only true thing that all the nations within the EU share. So what good can come out of such a Man worshipping system ? Very little to none in my opinion. Ukip points to the folly and untruthfulness of these policies and is, as a party, committed " to be the flag bearer for our Judaeo-Christain heritage", and I quote Farage.

7 March 2013 at 15:40  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Desperate measures in desperate times. It's not really the immigrants' fault but that great state in the making – the EU. Greece would be best getting out of the EU and taking charge of their own affairs again. This EU superstate has gone far enough.

7 March 2013 at 15:45  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

The video was aired on Channel 4 news on Wednesday evening. Jon Snow gave a strong warning beforehand – “viewers are likely to go into apoplectic shock on seeing this”. Not his actual words but not far off.

Those politicians who play fast and loose with peoples lives are a deranged lot. It is quite clear to anybody with an intellect that the Greek economy is not suited to the Euro of the Northern industrial countries. Nor are the economies of Portugal or Ireland and plenty of other of middling to lower economies. Yet, interestingly, in one recent televised experiment to see if the Greek population would exchange their Euro’s for the Drachma, they would not. They are still hanging on to the Euro dream they were sold ten years ago. A certain amount of self delusion and unrealistic expectation seems to be a national trait.

Did you know it was satellite TV that spurred on mass immigration into Europe. The Inspector actually recalls seeing around 50 Africans staring at a TV set back in the last century. So forget the hard luck stories from these people and the asylum lies they come with, they are on the make. Exchanging their hole in the ground for a flushing toilet, if you will. If you want stability in Europe, you need to realise that Africans belong in Africa, and Pakistanis belong in Pakistan. We are of course referring to the mass, ignorant unwashed peasants. They are no use to any other country but their own.

Let immigration return to a time when useful skills crossed boarders, not life’s losers. That’s the way to send the likes of Golden Dawn packing…

7 March 2013 at 17:38  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

English Pensioner 10:59

You have the long and the short of it Sir. A sure-fire way to start, carry on and complete a revolution is for men to go to bed hungry. And with Greece we have previous. The Army Colonels took control in 1967 and ran the place for 7 years. We have been warned !

7 March 2013 at 17:40  
Blogger John Charmley said...

Age old democracy? Modern Greece has been a monarchy, a military dictatorship and only latterly a democracy - if its people decide that the latter system has not served them well, who would argue the other case?

7 March 2013 at 17:48  
Blogger len said...

When a Society starts breaking down and basic needs of people are not being met a sort of desperation breaks out and radical solutions are sought.
It is not clear whether the current situation within the EU is part of a cleverly formed plan to bring the community to its knees and then re- form it under a 'new system' or it is just utter incompetence and indifference to the masses by those who control the system.
We will have immense problems ourselves within the UK with whole communities being swamped with immigrants within the next few years which will put unbearable pressure on systems already overloaded and underfunded.

7 March 2013 at 18:20  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

This shows that the EU isn't really a Union. What the Germans are doing is perfectly comprehensible - from the point of view of German self-interest. The flaw in the idea of Eurpean Union has always been the lack of common history, commmon language, common culture. You can't make disparate peoples into a single nation by political fiat. You can only create a political state. This is the Austro-Hungarian Empire writ large.


7 March 2013 at 18:34  
Blogger bluedog said...

Mr Inspector @ 17.38 says, 'Nor are the economies of Portugal or Ireland and plenty of other of middling to lower economies.' Ireland now has a current account surplus of 4% of GDP, a highly creditable figure.

That said, what is happening today in Greece will only get worse and seems likely to be imitated within the other constituent states of the EU subject to the miseries of the Eurozone.

7 March 2013 at 19:25  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Bluedog. The Southern Irish economy is tiny, as there is less than 3 million people involved. History has shown that it’s fortune bounces around like a shuttlecock in the wind. And anyway, to get to that surplus, public sector employees ALL had to suffer a 10% reduction in pay. However, one doubts whether they will ever allow themselves to spend one pound in three on a massive benefits fest, which is why you may have a car but can’t afford to go anywhere in it...

7 March 2013 at 19:35  
Blogger bluedog said...

Mr Inspector, you seem to be confusing Ireland's trading account with the government budget deficit/surplus, two very different things.

My figure comes from recent articles written about the Irish economy by the Daily Telegraph journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. Well worth reading.

7 March 2013 at 19:51  
Blogger Hugh Oxford said...

Maybe the Greeks should have had some children.

7 March 2013 at 20:43  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

This shows that the EU isn't really a Union

Quite correct - it's a bloody stitch-up in more ways than one for Joe Public; a political monster creation of the Frankenstein variety.

As for a common history, as Europeans, that we do have; a very long one with an overriding emphasis on trying to slaughter one another.

7 March 2013 at 20:49  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

They might have thought it for the best, but in truth it WAS for the Beast.

7 March 2013 at 23:11  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...


7 March 2013 at 23:27  
Blogger Ivan said...

Western politicians of the type that were in power in the US up until President Clinton's era or of the UK untill PM Major's government for all their flaws identified with the interests of their own peoples first. Thus even if they stupid or lazy, their inate tendencies prevented them from commiting gross blunders such as uncontrolled immigration that is the underlying cause of much of the everyday resentment that is sloshing around. Singapore is a rich and stable country with a government run by able politicians, yet even here immigration was a serious factor in the recent elections. The fact is no one likes the oppresive feeling of being dispossesed in his own land, bread and circus that the sataniic EU provided could only go so far. The realisation has dawned that only has the money run out, but that it may take a generation for the upturn of the business cycle to return.

8 March 2013 at 02:00  
Blogger carl jacobs said...

I finally got around to watching the video. What struck me was the song right at the end of the video. It seemed hauntingly familiar:

Golden Dawnists march on the street
With steps quick and firm
They hold flags in their hands
For a holy goal

Confer with the first two lines of the Horst Wessel Lied:

The flag on high! The ranks tightly closed!
The SA march with quiet, steady step.

Hard to believe that is a coincidence.

The salute. Complete with (spurious) justification for why it's not the Nazi salute. And then the talk about "National Awakening." Who used the phrase "Deutschland Erwache." And the party symbol. You can reform it into a swastika. These guys aren't just the Nazi party reborn. They are following Hitler's playbook.

But it's OK to be a nationalist so long as they aren't like Hitler.

This is why it's important to know History.


8 March 2013 at 03:56  
Blogger Ivan said...

The funny thing about the European neo-Nazis is that Hitler would have had no compunction about wiping them out to the last man. He was one those anally retentive (though apparently physically incapable of it, dependant as he was on Dr Morell's plls to spare his guests) law and order type when it came to crowd control. It is diisturbing to see Russian Nazis going around Seig Heiling in Moscow. Don't they know that they are spitting on the graves of their own ancestors - the Slavic peoples destined to be slaughtered or turned into slaves by the Nazis? The Soviet Union is reckoned to have lost around 28 million lives in WW2 according to the monster Stalin. While quite a number of them fell to Stalin's own stupidity and brutality, others fell to the relentless Nazi machine.

8 March 2013 at 05:16  
Blogger James Reade said...

Never one to misdiagnose a problem by blaming the EU at all costs, eh?

Poor Greece, it had that euro imposed on it, didn't it? It isn't like it elected governments repeatedly who took the country into the euro, is it? It isn't like those parties tried so hard to get in that they cooked the books, is it?

No, it's the nasty EU that imposed it on them.

And of course, it's the euro that's the cause of all their problems, isn't it?

It isn't chronic overspending over the years, and under-taxation, is it? If they had their own currency, they could have just let it depreciate and got going again couldn't they.

Just like the UK has done with that 25% depreciation in 2008. To quote you, "O, wait..."

I know it's a forlorn cause to try and argue against such blinkered euroscepticism that doesn't respond to any kind of reasoned critique of it.

The contradictions though are just marvellous. Were Greece outside the euro and had it chosen to inflate away its debts, you'd then criticise for that, wouldn't you? Just as you do when the Bank of England decides on looser policy.

How about instead attacking the real problem, notably profligate domestic governments for their idiotic choices?

8 March 2013 at 06:46  
Blogger David Hussell said...

The problems arises from a political mindset , the start of which was typified in this country by Blair, which says it's fine to be democratically elected by an individual nation but then on assuming power acts in the interests of internationalism, which is not defined or thought though , thereafter imposing levels of migration that effectively causes real hardship for the citizens of the country that elected them, especially the less skilled. The result is an equal and opposite reaction, the nasty form of nationalism. What worked better all along of course was patriotism, of the kind whereby nations could co-operate with nations, in free association, through mutually enriching non-exploitative agreements, but always in ways that benefitted all national partners, like any good sound contract or business relationship which endures. Ultimately the sheeple will rise and that is what happening in Greece and may happen in other desperate southern nations. I pray that here sufficient numbers of people can see what is happening and, through the ballot, bring all responsible parties to start to make changes, firstly exiting from the EU, then reinstating trade relationships and friendship links , putting national interests first, before we too become a twisted ball of hatred. So the options are, wake up or risk it getting far worse

8 March 2013 at 08:47  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

but it is inconceivable that any Christian could utter the dehumanising words in this video.

Adolf Hitler did, & he was a good catholic!

For evidence see these two links:

Or, for that matter, google for Martin Luther on "The Jews & their lies" - hmmm ... ?

8 March 2013 at 09:31  
Blogger Oscar said...

They are patently hamming it up for the camera and telling the interviewer what he wants to hear for his film.

8 March 2013 at 09:40  
Blogger bluedog said...

Mr James Reade @ 06.46 says, 'Were Greece outside the euro and had it chosen to inflate away its debts...'

If plucky little Greece were outside the Euro and had had to borrow internationally on its own credit rating instead of Germany's, the Greeks would never have been able to borrow so much money at such low interest rates.

Membership of the Eurozone was instrumental in the Greek debacle.

As an aside, one suspects that in the current circumstances the Greeks would be less than enthusiastic about the possibility of Turkish entry to the EU. Fortunately for us all, the Turks seem to have abandoned The Project and are preferring to look north and east for opportunity.

Bad luck, Boris.

No return to the Sublime Porte just yet.

8 March 2013 at 09:59  
Blogger Nick said...

These are vile words, but how seriously should we take them? I bet you would hear the same kind thing in the UK and probably many other countries. I've no doubt the EDL and BNP would utter such things too - though probably off-camera.

Channel 4 news is not an impartial news programme and Jon Snow loves a bit of sanctimony. It may well have been a hate crime to say these things, but that happens everywhere, including here in the UK. It only gets reported when it fits in with Mr Snows idea of right and wrong

8 March 2013 at 10:27  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Yes, Nick . The BBC does not act in the national interest but in its own , which usually overlaps, if not coincides, with that of the metropolitan , liberal elite who believe in nothing including God, and especially not nation states. I think that the BBC is hugely complicit in spreading many delusions and half truths . It has totally lost respect for its Charter and now , largely just does its own thing, all the while enjoying high salaries and following wasteful practices. It's not fit for purpose. The first job of any proper government will be to reform it, selling off many of its arms and returning to the nation a slimmed down core version managed by a politically neutral people, or at least people capable of being neutral whilst doing their jobs.

8 March 2013 at 10:41  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Point of order chaps. Channel 4 is not the BBC.

8 March 2013 at 10:49  
Blogger Nick said...

I would say the same things about the BBC too

8 March 2013 at 11:18  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

I'm with bluedog on this. I suspect the true state of their economy was hidden toi and no-one was minded to look too hard at it.

8 March 2013 at 11:40  
Blogger David Hussell said...

Point of Order accepted.

However most mainline channels lean heavily in that direction. What happened to journalistic impartiality ?

8 March 2013 at 14:34  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

Your Grace,

An appeal to the patriotic Greeks, who love their country!

I am Sad to see the rise of the fascist, in a country which fought against Hitler and was brutally occupied by the Hun. The Holy Orthodox religion fought against the fascists then when they tried to exterminate Greek's Jewish population.

I recall that one Greek Bishop, when asked for the names of Jews and traitors, gave the German's name second and his first.

And the Orthodox Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens, told the Hun occupier that their prelates should be hanged rather than shot, when the Fascist threatened him with execution.

Do not let the German crush you now, you are the cradle of ancient democracy! Leave the French and German dominated European Union, as free men, we, your friends in Britain will support you!

But do not let your great country fall into a new dark age of fascist tyranny, when your country fought and stood against the evil decades ago!

Who can forget the famous letter that read :

"The Greek Orthodox Church and the Academic World of Greek People Protest against the Persecution... The Greek people were... deeply grieved to learn that the German Occupation Authorities have already started to put into effect a program of gradual deportation of the Greek Jewish community... and that the first groups of deportees are already on their way to Poland...
According to the terms of the armistice, all Greek citizens, without distinction of race or religion, were to be treated equally by the Occupation Authorities. The Greek Jews have proven themselves... valuable contributors to the economic growth of the country [and] law-abiding citizens who fully understand their duties as Greeks. They have made sacrifices for the Greek country, and were always on the front lines of the struggle of the Greek nation to defend its inalienable historical rights...
In our national consciousness, all the children of Mother Greece are an inseparable unity: they are equal members of the national body irrespective of religion... Our holy religion does not recognize superior or inferior qualities based on race or religion, as it is stated: 'There is neither Jew nor Greek' and thus condemns any attempt to discriminate or create racial or religious differences. Our common fate both in days of glory and in periods of national misfortune forged inseparable bonds between all Greek citizens, without exemption, irrespective of race...
Today we are... deeply concerned with the fate of 60,000 of our fellow citizens who are Jews... we have lived together in both slavery and freedom, and we have come to appreciate their feelings, their brotherly attitude, their economic activity, and most important, their indefectible patriotism."

8 March 2013 at 23:46  

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