Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Jewish Media Outlets Launch Concerted Campaign To Portray Golden Dawn Leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos As A Holocaust Denier
The stories were published by Forward, the Times of Israel, Arutz Sheva, and the European Jewish Press. All of these stories were published during a six-hour time window, implying some coordination.
The incident occurred on Sunday May 13th. While being interviewed on the private Mega TV network, Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos said gas chambers were lies and also said claims that six million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust was an exaggeration, saying “There were no ovens. This is a lie. I believe that it is a lie. There were no gas chambers either.” Michaloliakos also asked the interviewer "Auschwitz, what Auschwitz? I didn't go there. What happened there? Have you been there," adding that he had read many books casting doubt on the number of six million Jews who died in the Holocaust. Once again, Michaloliakos denied the “Neo-Nazi” and “Fascist” labels, saying the movements’ leaders are dead and that his Heil Hitler salute during the Athens City Council in 2010 was just a joke.
Of course, the Jews' own records at Yad Vashem indicate that the Holocaust has been exaggerated; they've recorded only four million Jewish names so far. But that did not stop the Greek government from condemning Michaloliakos' remarks. Government spokesman Pentelis Kapsis said the remarks constitute a distortion of history and a fierce insult to the memory of the millions of Holocaust victims. In addition, he said the Greek people have not forgotten that they mourned hundreds of thousands of victims of Nazism, including tens of thousands of Greek Jews. Of course, Kapsis failed to mention that the Greek civil war from 1946-49, in which Greek Communists who wanted to make Greece a Soviet slave state rebelled against the government, left the country in ruins and in even greater economic distress than it had been following the end of German occupation.
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece also condemned Michaloliakos, and called on the Greek government and public to firmly condemn and isolate the forces seeking the revival of the darkest ideology of European history. In part, their statement read “It is an insult to the historical memory, the memory of the six million Jews, our brethren, amongst whom there were 70,000 Greek Jews, who perished in the death camps of Auschwitz, Dachau (and) Treblinka”. Some 5,000 Jews live in Greece today; the pre-war community of some 78,000, most of whom lived in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, was almost entirely wiped out during World War II.
Meanwhile, even though Golden Dawn won 6.9 percent of the vote and is entitled to 21 seats in Parliament as a result, the Greek government continues to marginalize them. Although President Carolos Papoulias hosted a meeting with five political party leaders on May 15th, Golden Dawn was not invited to send a representative. Even the Communists were invited; they turned it down. So the efforts to freeze out Golden Dawn from the power structure continue.
Golden Dawn has surfaced a tentative definition of "who is Greek". Michaloliakos made it clear that Greeks living in Canada, Germany, USA, Australia and elsewhere should not be granted local nationality, since Greece should take DNA examinations to find out who is Greek or not. He says Greeks should only be those people whose parents and grandparents, as well as themselves, live in Greece.