Reuters Reports: Greece’s government and Jewish community on Monday condemned the leader of a far-right party for saying there were no gas chambers in Nazi concentration camps. Nikolaos Mihaloliakos, whose Golden Dawn party became potential kingmakers after an inconclusive election on May 6, also challenged the view that six million Jews were killed in World War Two.
“There were no ovens, this is a lie … there were no gas chambers either,” Mihaloliakos said on Sunday in an interview on the private Mega television station. Golden Dawn, whose members give Nazi-style salutes, took nearly 7 percent of the vote in a surge for fringe parties opposed to austerity policies under Greece’s international bailout deal. Read more »
Christopher Humphrys Writes: My father-in-law remembers the Nazis. He lives across the road from us in downtown Athens now, but was brought up in the town of Megara 40 miles away. One of his clearest childhood memories is of the beatings he suffered at the hands of German soldiers, when he was just eight. “They would hit us for fun. It was a sport for them,” he told me. To this day he can’t watch war films.
He wasn’t the only one that suffered in Megara and beatings were the least of their worries. Many died from starvation. “I spent 10 years going hungry,” he says. Everyone who lived through those terrible times had memories like his and many are alive to tell their stories. It makes what is happening now even more shocking. Read more »
For average political junkies in the USA, seeing a party winning seven percent in an election seems a joke. But looking at the breakdown of vote-collectors in the Greece elections, the Nazis won quite a big number; certainly when you consider that the task of creating the Coalition is now in the hands of the second-strongest party (Collation of the Radical Left) who won less than seventeen percent of the vote. From seven to seventeen is not such a big jump.
Here is the vote count via Wikipedia and the shocking numbers of seats the Nazis will have in the Parliament: Read more »
Greece’s Jewish community on Monday sent its members a laconic, factual e-mail. Without any interpretive adornment, the message conveyed a few dry facts. In elections staged on Sunday, the Golden Dawn neo-Nazi party won 7 percent of the country’s popular vote – a tally twice the minimum threshold level required to send representatives to parliament. The update also included information about districts in which Jews live, and also biographies of the delegates that the far-right party will send to parliament. All told, Golden Dawn will have 21 parliament seats out of 300. - Haaretz