Contrary to what we may think, Nazis still exist today in Europe. I am not talking about hidden gatherings in dark basements or forests as you may have pictured, I am talking about members of parliament in a country that has been a member of the European Union since 1981. Today. NAZIS!
Our story takes place in Greece and begins with a man named Nikolaos Michaloliakos. Born in 1957, Michaloliakos found his way into the extreme right and founded the “Golden dawn” party in 1980. Currently, the party holds 3 seats in the European parliament and 21 seats in the Hellenic Parliament.
So, is Golden Dawn not a standard right wing party? What is the problem with it?
Well, a lot.
Since its foundation, the Golden Dawn party views itself as continuation of the German Nazi party. In its magazine called “ Chrysi Avgi” the party reveals its ideology, from it are these facts.
Aside from the party’s public declaration to end democracy, it holds a vary malicious ideology who’s official agenda is to destroy the current global status quo in order to restore the classical Hellenic values that will be combined with white race supremacy and without Zionists and their byproducts- Vis a vis the Jews and Israel. The party also believes that monotheists’ religions are false and lead the world to destruction, thus the future needs to rely on paganism. The magazine further illustrates in its articles how Hitler is an admirable icon that needs to be learned from.
More frightening than the ideology is the resemblance between the methods used by the party and its supporters and the methods that were used by the Nazi party and its organizations. The Golden Dawn, similar to the Nazi party, is a very hierarchal body whose top of the pyramid is the leader, similar to the Führerprinzip. Moreover, the Golden Dawn also embraced the Nazi salute and regiments of bullying with thugs that intimidate and even assault foreigners and political adversaries. Some examples can be found in many acts of violence attributed to the party’s supporters and even to several party officials.
Adding to this Nazi radical line are quotations from anti-Semitic texts like the protocols of the learned elders of Zion and texts that deny the holocaust in senior party officials’ speeches.
In 2014 a 700 page long criminal indictment was filed in Greece against senior party members, 16 parliament members and the leader Michaloliakos on the charges of murdering immigrants and assault of political activists. There are also severe accusations against the party, claiming it funded itself using illegal funds collected through extortion and money laundering operations world-wide.
This is no joke, nor is it a fantasy. The Golden Dawn is a dangerous phenomenon that may escalate into a crisis in the current conditions of Greece and may pose a threat against the people of Greece and even Europe itself. Greece may not be as powerful a nation as Germany was during the 1930’s and 40’s but it may very well trigger a wave of extreme nationalism in Europe that may pose a threat on world and regional peace. The party may also pose a threat to minorities in Greece and to Jews in particular, and we cannot take the matter lightly.
This article is based on the report compiled by ALFREDO SALTIEL – EVGENIA MENTI called “Golden Dawn: An Introspection”. For more information, the report can be found in this link: Golden Dawn_An Introspection (1)
BY DORON PESSO