Αρθρογράφος της “Εφημερίδας των Συντακτών” υπερασπίζεται την παραχάραξη της Ιστορίας από τον Μ. Αμπάς

Screenshot via efsyn.gr

Εξοργιστική και απαράδεκτη η ταύτιση αρθρογράφου της “Εφημερίδας των Συντακτών” με τις αντισημιτικές δηλώσεις Αμπάς στο Βερολίνο.

Θα υπάρξουν συνέπειες για τον αρθρογράφο ή είναι θεμιτή η σχετικοποίηση της Shoah στο όνομα της αλληλεγγύης με τους Παλαιστινίους και της κριτικής των δυτικών ΜΜΕ;

(Πολύ βολική, παρεμπιπτόντως, η εμμονή στην εφημερίδα Bild, από τη στιγμή που σύσσωμος ο γερμανικός τύπος καταδικάζει τη νέα έκρηξη μίσους του Μ. Αμπάς).

Ρεπορτάζ για τις δηλώσεις Αμπάς θα βρείτε εδώ.

Το εν λόγω άρθρο με την υπογραφή Γ.Τσ. μπορεί να διαβαστεί εδώ.

Διαβάστε επίσης: Mahmoud Abbas’s lifelong falsification of Jewish history, του David Horovitz (17 Αυγούστου 2022).

Greek newspaper criticized for running cartoon that trivializes the Holocaust (once again)

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) denounced in a statement another attempt to diminish and exploit the Holocaust: 

The new cartoon published in “Efimerida ton Syntakton” on January 16, 2021, combines the Nazi sign with the cartoonist’s confection “Studies make you free”, thus equalizing the gate of Auschwitz with the gates of the universities and the prisoners in this horrific extermination camp with the students. It is a hideous and vulgar instrumentalization of the Holocaust for political purposes.

In any case, the newspaper’s expressed respect towards the victims of the Holocaust and its firm position against antisemitism cannot be used as excuses for the publication of such cartoons that insult both the memory of the victims and the survivors alike, by trivializing the place of their martyrdom.

KIS ANNOUNCEMENT ON A CARTOON TRIVIALIZING THE HOLOCAUST, January 18, 2021 [excerpt]

Background: New higher education bill targets lawlessness, standards (Apostolos Lakasas)

The same cartoonist, Kostas Grigoriadis, published in “Efimerida ton Syntakton” in July 2018 a similar cartoon depicting the entrance to the Auschwitz death camp with the message “the 12-hour [work day] sets you free,” to protest plans for a 12-hour work day in Austria. (more information)

Greek journalist trivializes Holocaust in a tweet criticizing Opposition leader

Journalist Kostas Vaxevanis, editor of “Documento” newspaper, trivialized Holocaust in a tweet criticizing Opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his statement in favour of the ‘7day work week’. Vaxevanis in his tweet of May 12, 2019 used the inscription over the gate of Auschwitz “Arbeit Macht Frei” to comment on K. Mitsotakis.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) stressed in an announcement the inappropriate use of the symbols of the Holocaust:

The use of this inscription within a political controversy and a journalistic comment is unacceptable because it downgrades, minimizes and trivializes a symbol of horror and Nazi barbarism. In Auschwitz every trace of humanity was lost and inhumanity and harrowing death prevailed. Millions of people were killed there because they were either Jews or “different”.

Read full statement here.

Kostas Vaxevanis responded here.

Holocaust trivialization is a recurrent phenomenon in Greek politics. For example, a cartoon published in the leftist newspaper Efimerida ton Syntakton in July 2018 depicted the entrance to the Auschwitz death camp with the message “the 12-hour [work day] sets you free,” to protest plans for a 12-hour work day in Austria (more information).

“Escape room” invited players to escape Auschwitz “before being turned into ash”

Via JTA

An entertainment company in Greece canceled a game in which players use clues to escape from a room themed around the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

The Rubicon agency, which is located in the northern Athens suburb of Galatsi, in recent weeks advertised the Auschwitz “escape room” on social media. Jews and non-Jews complained it was disrespectful to Holocaust victims, the left-leaning news site Protagon reported Tuesday.

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Reached by Protagon, a spokesman of the firm responsible for the game said it had been scrapped and that the decision to create it did not take into account “that this could cause offense.”

Read full story here.

  • Another “escape room” in Thessaloniki called “Schindler’s List” invites players to save “the life of hundreds of innocent people.” [via]

Και δεύτερη εταιρεία προτείνει παιχνίδι απόδρασης με θέμα το Άουσβιτς

Με αφορμή την κατακραυγή για τη δυνατότητα που παρείχε μέχρι χθες ελληνική εταιρεία σε παίχτες να υποδυθούν τους έγκλειστους στο Άουσβιτς και να διαφύγουν από αυτό “πριν γίνουν κι αυτοί στάχτη”, επισημαίνουμε και δεύτερη εταιρεία που προτείνει ένα παρόμοιο “δωμάτιο απόδρασης” στη Θεσσαλονίκη. Πρόκειται για τη “Λίστα του Σίντλερ”. Ιδού η περιγραφή:

escape_room_thessaloniki

Στην Ολλανδία έχει ήδη ασκηθεί αυστηρή κριτική σε εταιρεία που δημιούργησε πιστό αντίγραφο της σοφίτας στο Άμστερνταμ όπου κρυβόταν η Άννα Φρανκ με τους δικούς της με πρότυπο και πάλι το escape room.

Greece’s interior minister compares Idomeni to Dachau

During a visit to the Idomeni border camp (Northern Greece), Greek Minister of the Interior Panagiotis Kouroumplis (Syriza) compared conditions at Idomeni to the Nazi concentration camp of Dachau blaming the EU of closing the borders.

Panagiotis Kouroumplis told reporters he “doesn’t hesitate to say” that the Idomeni camp is a modern version of the Dachau camp operated by the Nazis in Germany, ekathimerini.com reported.

He also blamed all other European countries indistinguishably of being reluctant “to assimilate one or one and a half million persecuted people.” (video in Greek)

Comparing European policies to Nazism is a common phenomenon in Greece: Back in June 2015, To Pontiki newspaper printed a cartoon implying that Greece is tantamount to a victim of the Holocaust.

Greek newspaper compares eurozone to Auschwitz

Via The Telegraph:

German newspaper Bild reports that on page three of the weekly Greek To Pontiki newspaper, they have printed a cartoon implying that Greece is tantamount to a victim of the Holocaust.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is shown with Wehrmacht helmet, and the barrel of his pistol is directed to the Greek Government (in pink), with a Greek family being ushered towards what looks like Auschwitz.

The newspaper is satirical, but the copy that goes with the cartoon is not. […]

To Pontiki Holocaust Trivialization

To Pontiki, 25/06/2015

Related: Greek cartoon depicts Wolfgang Schäuble aiming at the extermination of the Greeks (8/2/2015)

Greek rightist MP trivializes (once again) the Holocaust

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) expressed today in a statement the outrage and the repudiation of the Greek Jewry at the recent photo posted on Facebook and on Twitter by Dimitris Kammenos, MP of the Independent Greeks party (no relation to party leader and Defense Minister Panos Kammenos), the coalition partner of Syriza. In the photo posted, the nazi slogan “Arbeit macht frei”, which was incorporated in the front gate of Auschwitz, has been replaced with the “We stay in Europe” moto of a Pro-Europe rally that has been recently held in Athens.

kammenos_menoume_evropiEarlier this month, Dimitris Kammenos equated once again the Euro currency with Auschwitz.

The leader and other members of the right-wing Independent Greeks party have been accused of being antisemitic (see our previous posts on this issue).

The full statement of KIS (source: kis.gr):

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expresses the outrage and the repudiation of the Greek Jewry at the shameful photo posted on facebook by MP Dimitris Kammenos (of the Independent Greeks – ANELL party). The post trivializes in the most hideous way the sign over the gate of Auschwitz. In the photo posted the “We stay in Europe” moto has replaced the world known sign which “welcomed” 1.500.000 Jews who were tortured and exterminated by the Nazis in the gas chambers.
We call upon the President of the Greek Parliament and the representatives of all democratic parties to condemn the malevolent trivialization of the Holocaust of the 6 million Jews and all the victims of this barbarity, a trivialization that at the same time downplays the importance of the struggle against Fascism and Nazism in our country. We must not stay indifferent to such phenomena because if our society allows the distortion of the historical truth and memory of the Holocaust, it would have been as if we reopened the gate of Auschwitz to new crimes against humanity.
Athens, 24 June 2015
The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece
Update, 25.06.: Independent Greeks distanced itself on Wednesday from Dimitris Kammenos. Independent Greeks spokeswoman Marina Chrysoveloni said that the lawmakers’ post was an “utterly personal action,” news site ekathimerini.com reported.

The altered photo “was posted earlier this week on Greek blogs, including one that also promotes an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about Jewish bankers taking over the world’s financial system. After he withdrew the image, Mr. Kammenos replaced it with an update in which he apologized for “a misunderstanding” but doubled down on his likening of the Greek financial crisis to the suffering of the Jews at German hands. “Maybe the comparison was unfortunate,” he wrote, “but my country is experiencing an economic holocaust.” (Source: The New York Times)

“Greek leaders should not let such despicable social media posts by a member of parliament go without comment,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, and a Holocaust survivor. “With the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in parliament and a vast majority of citizens who harbor anti-Semitic attitudes, responsible Greek leaders need to take a stand against hate speech, especially when uttered by elected officials.” (Via adl.org)

Greek MP compares Euro to Auschwitz

Greek MP Dimitris Kammenos equated today the Euro with Auschwitz on his Twitter account. Dimitris Kammenos is member of the right-wing Independent Greeks party, a coalition partner of Syriza, and his Twitter account has the name “Porta Porta”.

Holocaust trivialization by Greek MP Dimitris Kammenos.

“€auschwitz”: Holocaust trivialization by Greek MP Dimitris Kammenos.

In a response to a Tweet by news-site Russia Today about the surge of antisemitism in Europe, Dimitris Kammenos asked back in April 2015: «Have you recorded the attacks of Jews against all of us?»

Greek cartoon depicts Wolfgang Schäuble aiming at the extermination of the Greeks

The Greek leftist daily newspaper „I Avgi“, which actively supports the government of Alexis Tsipras, published today a satirical cartoon that depicts the German finance minister in a military uniform addressing himself to the Greeks after the beginning of the negotiations with the Greek government about the debt issue and making allusions to the Holocaust. Schäuble appears saying that they (the Germans) “insist on (getting) the soap from the fat of the Greeks” and “discuss about the fertilizer from their own ashes”.

This is not the first time that a Greek newspaper publishes a cartoon that trivializes the Holocaust. Last summer, the leftist newspaper “Efimerida ton Syntakton” published a cartoon on its front page depicting Wolfgang Schäuble with a big penis in his hand shouting “Deutschland über alles, ein [sic] Nation, ein Führer, Dachau, Belsen [sic]”.  
Read also: Germany condemns Greek cartoon depicting Schäuble as Nazi (Deutsche Welle, 13.02.2015)