Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Greece: The Holocaust as a political tool against Germany

The Times reports: Greece sparks German fury with Holocaust comparison

Greece risked inflaming tensions with Berlin by raising the Holocaust to back demands to be treated as leniently as post-war Germany ahead of a crunch meeting between Angela Merkel and Alexis Tsipras today.

Nikos Kotzias, the foreign minister, proposed a joint German and Greek commission to work out a solution to the claim by Athens for compensation for the suffering caused by the Nazis during the Second World War. More.

This comes as no surprise.  Abravanel blog observed in January:

So what can Greek Jews expect?

[...] While wholeheartedly sympathetic to dead Jews, [Tsipra’s/Syriza] is not particularly interested in the ones alive. [...] A tangible example is how Syriza’s elder statesman Manolis Glezos handles WW2 reparations: while demanding the restitution of a forced Greek loan to Nazi Germany and additional reparations, Glezos has specifically excluded any application of his justice in his own home. This being of course because it would involve the question of Thessaloniki where Greek Christians collaborated and plundered on a scale resembling the sack of RomeMore.

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