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Greece: On an anti-Jewish trial in Athens (commemoration of Kristallnacht)

November 8, 2007

Greek Helsinki Monitor - Press Release

Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM), on the occasion of tomorrows International Day Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism in commemoration of Kristallnacht (9 November 1938), notes the unprecedented for Greek justice anti-Jewish climate that prevailed in the [11 September 2007] trial of the self-proclaimed anti-Semite Kostas Plevris, author of the racist book The Jews: The whole Truth (1,400 pages), mainly because of the attitude of the prosecutor, who did not think twice before calling the neo-Nazi book scholarly work. In the anti-Jewish climate prevailing at the trial, there was an indirect contribution of the presiding judge of the court, who was apologetic towards the defendant for the delay in the trial procedure and in consequence in the issuing of the verdict! The prosecutor was also disdainful towards the first prosecution witness [Anna Stai, President of the Anti-Nazi Initiative], whose arguments he tried to refute himself rather than letting the defendants lawyers do that!

These are comments of the President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS) Moses Konstantinis, in the September 2007 issue of the KIS newsletter Ta Nea mas (Our news), translated in English by GHM. GHM appends characteristic excerpts from that trial, which document the comments of the KIS President. It is reminded that defendants Kostas Plevris and Eleftheros Kosmos (a neo-Nazi weekly) were referred to trial on the basis of the indictment by Deputy Athens Appeals Prosecutor Spyridon Mouzakitis (available at the webpage http://cm.greekhelsinki.gr/index.php?sec=194&cid=3176), confirmed by an Athens Appeals Judicial Council, when it rejected (decision 1817/2007) K. Plevris appeal against the indictment: The appellants argument that his writings are an expression of opinion is unfounded because in fact he is inciting the readership, especially the Greek one, to mobilize against Jews (that is to hate, discriminate against, or use violence against them), whom the appellant characterizes indiscriminately as subhuman, deserving extinction, enemies of the Greek people and of Europe in general, praising at the same time the Nazis and SSs criminal actions against the Jews.

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GHM notes that, even after the publication of documented articles about what was said in that trial, on 12 September 2007, in the large circulation dailies Ta Nea (Racism is scholarly work! Uproar with the prosecutors attitude towards K. Plevris book on the Jews at http://www.tanea.gr/article.aspx?d=20070912&nid=5962628) and Eleftherotypia (Plevris on the carpet at http://www.enet.gr/online/online_print?id=42961328), there was not a single institution political, scholarly, legal, journalistic, human rights, or other- that even whispered a condemnation of the anti-Jewish attitude of these judicial officials.

It was thus proved once again that tolerance of anti-Semitism (and of other forms of racism) is widespread in Greece. It was also proved that the various anti-racist activists act only within limits. These limits almost always do not include fighting racism against the Jews (and against ethnic and national minorities). This is why, within the EU, Greece and Greek society enjoys indeed a unique position (of discord)

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TRIAL OF NEO-NAZIS KOSTAS PLEVRIS AND ELEFTHEROS KOSMOS
Second Three-Member Appeals Court of Athens 11 September 2007

(excerpts selected and translated by GHM from the transcription of the hearing by the Anti-Nazi Initiative available at http://www.antinazi.gr/articles/prakt_dik.doc)

Prosecutor Leonidas Lazarakos: There is Plevris, there are also A, B, C, X, Y, Z, who have opposing opinions, sister! And they want to express them. So, will we reach the level of those ludicrous decisions taken in foreign courts to accuse and condemn historians, who have denied the Holocaust? They deny it! Thats their right! So, let the others, the historians come out and say gentlemen you are wrong. You are frauds of science. What you say isnt true. And that the Holocaust did happen for this, that or the other reason. Here is the evidence. Here are our sources. Mr. Plevris cites a bibliography. He has quoted from bibliography. By this I mean to conclude that his work is of a scholarly nature. The entire spirit of your testimony, which concerns me, is that you deny the scholarly nature of his work. ()

Prosecutor: We have said many times that democracy is a very good political system but it has an inherent weakness. It permits everyone to express his opinions. Therefore, the fascist and the national socialist also have the right to express their opinions. Right? ()

Prosecutor: Whether Hitler did good or evil, global humanity, global humanity has said he did evil. Mr. Plevris has the right to say that he did good. Why should we deprive him of that? ()

Prosecutor: The Jewsthe Jews, has anyone condemned them and persecuted them for their ideas? If Hitler did do that, everyone has condemned him. As global humanity. When Jews say we are the chosen people on earth has anyone filed a complaint against them? ()

Prosecutor: These two things emerge as conclusions. Because you are not evaluating his work in a scholarly manner. This is what concerns us here. Plevris is a scholar! Whether we like Plevris as a scholar this is a question of criticism, its not a question of tossing him in the dungeon. ()

Prosecutor: But [Plevris book] is a scholarly manual. ()

Prosecutor: Do you, as an anti-Nazi, have the right to write a book against the Nazis?
Witness Anna Stai (President of the Anti-Nazi Initiative): I have an obligation to write a book against the Nazis.
Prosecutor: Fine. Fine. In your opinion, you have an obligation. And Plevris, in his opinion, has the obligation to write what he wants. Now, would you want a Nazi court to try you and convict you? Or a Nazi state? ()

Prosecutor: Look here madam. Let me explain something to you: The court is tolerating you. I, myself, cannot tolerate you! If you continue in this fashion I will order your arrest and detention! ()

Presiding Judge of the Three-Member Appeals Court Efrosyni Tselehovitou: Well, let me tell you something. In your effort here to support your positions, you or others, I dont know who, try not to be picturesque. Is it an expression Hitler is his boss? Which Hitler? Is there a Hitler so you can call him boss? ()

Presiding Judge: No madam! The books are not on trial!
Stai: Those ideas are on trial
Presiding Judge: Nor are ideas on trial! ()

Presiding Judge: Madam, let me ask you something. This is irrelevant to these proceedings. Is the need such here that you have to have an anti-Nazi organization? ()

Kostas Plevris: Yes. And a question. Do you approve that [the Jews] gave an image to the Ministry of Culture, this one here [approaches Stai and shows her an illustration in his book] with Christ deformed () what page is it, what page is it?
Prosecutor: Which page is that on? Which page?
Kostas Plevris: page 194. Look here! The Jews gave it! The Jews gave a painting
Presiding Judge: Dont give me a speech. Ask a question.
Kostas Plevris: Did you know that the Jews gave a painting to the Ministry of Culture, which depicts a Jewish penis with a circumcision ejaculating on the Cross? I have it in here. Do you want to see it? Do you approve of that?
Prosecutor: Which page did you say that was on?
Kostas Plevris: The Jews gave it [to them] and got 175 million. Here you are, Mr. Prosecutor! Here it is!
Prosecutor: 194? Tell me what page! Ill find it, Ill find it.
Kostas Plevris: And did [Archbishop] Christodoulos protest? And didnt they insult him?
Prosecutor: Well!...What would they have done? Wouldnt they have insulted him?
[GHM note: The painting in question Asperges Me, by Belgian (non-Jewish) artist Thierry de Cordier, was exhibited in the International Art Exhibition OUTLOOK, an event of the Cultural Olympiad (an initiative of the Ministry of Culture) for the Olympic Games of Athens 2004, curated by Christos Joachimides (also non-Jewish). Six weeks into the exhibition, a supporter of the extreme right LAOS party happened to see the painting and informed George Karatzaferis, the party leader, who in turn demanded the painting be removed from the exhibition. Former conservative party New Democracy leader Miltiadis Evert also asked for the removal. Minister of Culture Evangelos Venizelos and the board of the Cultural Olympiad asked that the painting be taken down. Exhibition curator Christos M. Joachimides complied with the request and removed the work on 10 December 2003. The story is actually mentioned in page 157 of the first edition of the book.] ()

Presiding Judge: Can you tell me, can this book.
Irene Koutelou (Member of the Anti-Nazi Initiative): About violence. Let me tell you something about violence. You can also rid your life of the Jew by burning him, say. You can bust up his shop, like what happened on Kristallnacht under Hitler.
Presiding Judge: Look here. Youre drawing parallels that are to the say the least silly.
Koutelou: We arent drawing the parallels. Its not us who are doing that.
Presiding Judge: Youre saying Kristallnacht with Plevris.
Koutelou: Yes, Kristallnacht, which he approves of. Mr. Plevris approves of it. ()


Prosecutor: Because hes a little heated in his writing?
Koutelou: You cant be a little heated in your writing when you say that unfortunately the Nazis chose to move the Jews away from Europe, when in my opinion, they should have killed them, because this is the behavior towards those who desire world domination. This, in my opinion, is not being heated. Just as you are not being heated when you say that supposedly they went to the ovens and supposedly then went to the gas chambers
Prosecutor: Why not? He is questioning these events! Isnt that his right?
Koutelou: It is not his right to question these events
Prosecutor: Why not?? Why not???
Koutelou: Because the Holocaust is recognized by all of humanity and of the basis of this recognition of the Holocaust
Prosecutor: Madam, one moment! One moment! Here we have a misunderstanding.
Koutelou: by the Greek state, this law was enacted on the basis of which [Plevris] is being tried.
Prosecutor: The law against racial discrimination was enacted for the Jews and their Holocaust??? Are you speaking seriously????
Koutelou: Certainly. Yes, yes. It was enacted on the basis of the Convention
Prosecutor: Are you speaking seriously???
Koutelou: Certainly.
Prosecutor: Are you speaking seriously????
Koutelou: It was one of the reasons why it was enacted.
Prosecutor: What are you talking about madam??? What are you talking about???
Koutelou: Certainly! Certainly! ()

Prosecutor: Why? Was there any danger? What I want to make you understand is that there was no danger to Jews in Greece, and for this reason it was not possible for this law to have been enacted for the Jews and the Holocaust.
Koutelou: But there was
Prosecutor: In 1979 everyone was unsuspecting about the Holocaust. Now, in the past 2 years, there have been somethings in Europe and, in France and Germany, there have been some court convictions, on the basis of some laws of questionable constitutionality. And there have been
Koutelou: So it doesnt happen again [meaning the Holocaust]. So it doesnt happen again.
Prosecutor: appeals to the European Court and well see what the European Court will say.
Koutelou: So it doesnt happen again. When it does happen again, the law will be meaningless.
Prosecutor: Listen, madam. So it doesnt happen again Oh! Meaning this is the mentality of Nasreddin Hoca. Right? So you dont break the vase Hoca says to his son Ill beat you in advance so youll be careful!
Koutelou: No, thats not it at all! Its nothing like that!
Prosecutor: This is what youre saying to me.
Koutelou: When you condone a crime, when you say that the Holocaust didnt happen and you say that to.
Prosecutor: He is not condoning a crime here!!
Koutelou: He is condoning it because he says, it should have happened! It didnt happen but it should have.
Prosecutor: Listen. Lets start from what youre saying: He is denying the Holocaust. Its his right to deny it. Some other historian will come along and take him on in a scholarly way. Hell say, Sir, you are wrong for this and that reason.
Koutelou: Throughout Europe the right to deny the Holocaust is being denied because
Prosecutor: What did you say??? Its being denied???? Are you speaking seriously madam??? ()

Prosecutor: Madam, if you want to know, the objective of Law 927/79 was to protect the Gypsies, who had suffered from what you are talking about. They werent allowed into shops; they werent issued boat tickets; or allowed on ships; they werent allowed in cafes; shopkeepers refused to sell them jackets, trousers, shirts; for these reasons, if you want to look more deeply into the matter ()

Prosecutor: Here, all sorts of perverts and junkies are running around, and all the muddleheaded intellectuals and progressives come out saying: Oh! The right to diversity. Oh!! The right to [free] expression. And everyone says: Fine and well! ()

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