In reaction to the election of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn in Greece, a petition has been launched proclaiming "We are all Greek Jews," to fight back against the anti-Semitic and racist ideology espoused by the far-right.
The rise of the far-right is not limited to Greece, but is a phenomenon spreading across parts of Europe. Reacting to the increase in Nazi ideology Keep Talking Greece reports an open letter in the form of a petition has been launched to reject extremism.
The petition advocates "We invite all citizens, political parties, unions, civil society, intellectuals and artists to fight the extreme right by promoting and bringing to life the European dream. We must always remember that this dream was built on the ruins of Nazism. We must never forget about the Shoah. Our dream is of a continent free from racism and antisemitism." The petition is supported by a number of notable people including Holocaust survivor and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Elie Wiesel.
The leader of Golden Dawn, Nikos Michaloliakos, who denies his party shares any Nazi ideology but is simply patriotic, recently denied the Holocaust on national television, saying "There were no ovens -- it's a lie. I believe it's a lie. There were no gas chambers either." His claims have prompted three Greek-Jewish Holocaust survivors to partake in an event at Athens University on the evening of May 30, to speak about their experiences.
Athens News reported the event was organized by historian Hagen Fleischer who has dedicated 40 years to studying Nazism, the Nazi occupation of Greece and the Holocaust. Fleischer said "As a historian who has spent 40 years working on this bleak period and its varied consequences to date, I felt I must act. We are all hoping that this neo-Nazi entity will lose support in the June 17 election. A first step in this effort is to listen to the survivors."