This video appeared last week and shows the extremism of the “Golden Dawn” movement in Greece, which is now reaching out to other European countries. As with Nazism in Germany, the movement has emerged from the economic chaos of Greece to offer hate and violence as a way to express the frustration of the people facing high unemployment and stagnant economic prospects. In the video, you can hear a Golden Dawn member repeatedly screaming “Heil Hitler” in the Greek parliament.
This follows an earlier incident where a leading Greek soccer player gave a Nazi salute during a game.
What is astonishing about the rise of Nazi sympathies is that Greece suffered one of the highest levels of death and destruction at the hands of the Nazis. The Germans in World War II killed as many as 800,000 of his countrymen — though the precise number has been recently debated. Yet now Greek politicians can be heard screaming Heil Hitler in their parliament. It is truly chilling.