Rena Dourou: Today,just like yesterday, passivity, indifference and neutrality reveal complicity
“The Holocaust concerns us all. Especially today that the far right is rearing its head, calling for greater vigilance as any attempts to establish Nazism in Greece and in Europe represent indeed a paradox reaching the point of schizophrenia”, stated the Regional Governor of Attica, Ms Rena Dourou while addressing the event devoted to the Remembrance Day of the Greek Jewish Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust, yesterday.
“Today in Europe, as evidenced by the election results of recent years, the ghosts, of yesterday and of obscurantism, those who unrepentantly admire and imitate the initiators of the industrialised death, are trying to determine the fate of a continent indelibly tainted by the Nazi atrocities. They are trying to affect the European project, social justice, peace”, mentioned, inter alia, Ms Rena Dourou in the context of this year’s event that was co-organised by the Region of Attica and the Athens Jewish Community.
Below are extracts from the speech by the Regional Governor of Attica:
- Especially nowadays, when we live in a minefield. A field which is defined and delineated by multiplying threats against Democracy, by systematic attempts of historical revisionism, by the recovery of many manifestations of fascism, by the disdain for Politics, by the attenuation of Education, leading to being ignorant of the Resistance history of a country that has experienced bloodshed in the form of massacres.
“We, inthe 21stcentury, arefacedwithadecisivechoicetostandagainstthemodernthreatoffascismandanti-Semitism”
A minefield that is overshadowed by the persistent presence of anti-Semitism – we have seen this recently on a banner during the Macedonia Protest in Syntagma Square. “Jewish and Balkan MPs, you are screwed” was written on the banner hanged by unknown people just a few metres away from the Tomb of theUnknown Soldier, without causing any formal reaction.
- Today, just like yesterday, passivity, indifference and neutrality reveal complicity. We, in the 21st century, are faced with a decisive choice to stand against the modern threat of fascism and anti-Semitism.
“It is our debt to shield ourselves from any attempts by the far right to attack the emblematic Democracy and the Parliament”
Especially, in our home country, Nazism and its supporters must be ostracized — whatever their guise — political, religious, social —, whatever their arguments for opportunity. There is therefore a need to safeguard Democracy in our home country. It is our debt to shield ourselves from any attempts by the far right to attack the emblematic Democracy and the Parliament. Unfortunately, some people fail to fulfil this obligation for reasons of political expediency.
- However, the suffering of the 67.000 Greek Jews in the Nazi death camps, which is part of our own History, has drawn an indelible red line, in favour of or against fascism and all its forms, in favour of or against the value of the human beings themselves.
The full text of the speech delivered by the Regional Governor of Attica is attached hereto.