The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece has welcomed statements by famous Greek composer, Mikis Theodorakis, which have strongly condemned Holocaust denial in the country.
In an article in the Ta Nea newspaper entitled “We must react while there is still time”, Theodorakis said it was “a disgrace to hear such hateful opinions in the Greek Parliament”.
“The fact that a Member of Parliament could even think of questioning from the Parliament’s podium the existence of the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews, the greatest crime ever to be committed in the history of mankind, makes us vulnerable in the eyes of international opinion and tarnishes the image of our country,” he went on.
Theodorakis, who also wrote to the Jewish community on the same issue, was strongly praised by community president, David Saltiel, for his stance.
“When the voice of a freedom fighter, a man of Letters and Culture, a great composer who created a requiem for Holocaust victims… joins our voice and the voices of Greek democratic citizens, then there is hope to believe that our democracy can actually be a shield against the threats launched by the seekers of Nazism,” Saltiel wrote in a letter to Theodorakis.
From the beginning, the tragic element in music has exerted a stronger spell on me than any other. It certainly suits my character.
So, for me it seemed only natural to turn to ancient drama – initially, as a lover of this artistic genre, and later also as a composer. I started to write theatre and film scores for ancient tragedies and later proceeded to explore lyrical tragedy, i. e. in my operas.
WE MUST REACT N O W, WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME
A few days ago, two members of the Greek Parliament denied the Holocaust against the Jewish people and the genocide of Pontian Greeks. Mikis Theodorakis reacts to this infamy with the following text:
The connective tissue uniting and keeping alive a People is their collective memory, shaped by the great ordeals that threaten our very existence.
The people of my generation who are still alive, especially those who have suffered to the very core of their being the savage storms that test our endurance, are committed to guarding Thermopylae until our last breath. To protect the unwritten Laws which underpin our uniqueness, our solidarity and our need to remain firmly rooted in reality and move ever onward, ever higher.
These unwritten Laws are the Laws of Life, superior to the conventional ones reflecting the social context, which constantly mutates on the surface, while deep down, the roots continue to support the Tree of the People, branches and leaves, flowers and fruits alike.
While even the IMF denounces the destructive policies of the Troika at the expense of our people, the Greek government continues to obey to their commandments, which now are undergoing the extermination of public officials and public utilities, throwing into the streets thousands of families.
I think that the cup of wrath is now overflowing and that all Greeks should look for a man who says a resounding NO to this ruthless attack.
Concerning ERT, due to my years at the head of its musical ensembles, I have particular reasons to say that I stand on the side of workers and their moral forces.
|Mikis Theorakis honoured|
After composing and conducting more than 1,000 pieces of music and known as one of Greece’s greatest musical geniuses, Mikis Theodorakis was elected an Honorary Member during the plenary meeting of the Academy of Athens on 30th May 2013.
He was honored for being one the leading figures of modern Greece, for his artistic work and for his contribution in the struggles for Freedom and Democracy.
Theodorakis was born on the Greek island of Chios and spent his childhood years in different provincial Greek cities such as Mytilene, Cephallonia, Patras, Pyrgos, and Tripoli.
Antifascist rally in Thessaloniki
GREETING BY MIKIS THEODORAKIS AT THE “CRISIS AND DEMOCRATIC LEGITIMACY” ONE DAY SEMINAR, ORGANISED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF PRISONERS AND EXILED RESISTORS OF 1967-1974, ON THE OCCASION OF COMPLETING 68 YEARS FROM THE ELIMINATION OF NAZISM ON MAY 9th, 1945.
Nazism was the absolute evil throughout the whole human history. And it is shameful that it may be considered by some as a political and ideological movement, when in fact it was the most heinous form of criminal activity, given that it educated and guided millions of sadist torturers whose acts are an eternal disgrace to the human race.
Mikis Theodorakis sent his best wishes for his 75th birthday to Guy Wagner, biographer and webmaster of this site.
"I don’t see Guy Wagner as only a friend, partner and biographer, but as my true brother! His love and contribution for the dissemination of my work with all means possible (books, articles, translations, exhibitions, concerts and above all with his amazing website) are to me priceless!
So great are my love and gratitude for him that I consider him as an integral part of my life. I thank him from the bottom of my heart and wish him health and happiness.
His Mikis Athens, 20 April 2013
Police prevented on Sunday a rally by the Spitha (i.e. Spark) movement created by composer Mikis Theodorakis from approaching the location of the student parade for the anniversary of Greek Revolution Day (March 25) in central Athens, arresting one person.
Protesters at the lower end of Syntagma Square carried a banner that read “Untied Hellenism: Brothers Greece and Cyprus together”.
Mikis Theodorakis, the great composer and leader of the Movement of Independent Citizen *Spitha", returned to his home after an hospitalization of one week at the Athenian Iatriko Kentro due to a virus infection concerning his lungs.
We are glad together with him.
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