Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Golden Dawn Nazis: Nikolaos Mihaloliakos engages in Holocaust denial.
Close on the heels of Golden Dawn having their website closed down their leader has been publicly questioning the existence of the gas chambers and the historical record of the Holocaust.There are hopes that this will cost him dear in any ballot box rerun.
It's becoming fairly obvious that another election is almost inevitable .Since the election and his preposterous behaviour at Golden Dawn's press conference anti-fascists are hopeful that this will give added impetus to the electoral campaign against the Nazis.With their support seemingly ebbing away it could yet be the case that they do not have any seats to take in the next parliament.
Jennifer Lipman from The Jewish Chronicle reports:
The leader of the neo-fascist party that won seats in the Greek parliament for the first time earlier this month has denied some of the fundamental facts of the Holocaust.
Golden Dawn, which now claims 21 parliamentarians and whose members are known for giving Nazi salutes and for their staunchly anti-immigrant stance, is led by Nikolaos Mihaloliakos. According to Reuters Mr Mihaloliakos told an interviewer on Sunday that he did not believe that six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.
He described the figure as an "exaggeration".
He said: "There were no ovens, this is a lie ... there were no gas chambers either."
Holocaust denial is not illegal in Greece, but a government spokesman said he categorically condemned Mr Mihaloliakos's remarks.
"They distort history and offend the memory of millions of Holocaust victims," said Pantelis Kapsis.
Golden Dawn's success has sent shockwaves around Greece's Jewish community, which is estimated to include several thousand people. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece called it a "serious blow" to Greek democracy.