Wednesday Jul 23, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
31o C
23o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
The dialectics of hate

By Elias Maglinis

The following testimony refers to an event which took place during the Nazi occupation of Greece in WWII and was imparted to me by a woman who was there: A young man she knew from the Athens suburb of Pangrati, recruited by the National Liberation Front (EAM) and wanted by the Germans, was placed by the party in its Organization for the Protection of the Peoples Struggle (OPLA) squad. They gave him the photograph of a man, an address written on a piece of paper, a gun and orders to assassinate the target.

The young man begged his superiors to give him a good reason why he should kill a man he had never met in his life. That he was a Nazi collaborator and a traitor was not enough for him. Make me angry at him. Give me a reason to do it, he pleaded. But he had no choice. He waited outside the mans house and when the target appeared, he shot.

The woman who told me this story added that a few days after committing the murder, the young man came by her house. He was upset. He told me he couldnt sleep and was jumpy. He asked me if he could hold the baby I had recently given birth. Then he didnt speak anymore.

The young man in question spent some time at the Greek Communist rear camp in Bulkes in Yugoslavia and was then sent back to Athens by Communist Party general secretary Nikos Zachariadis along with a group of others, into a proper trap his home marked, according to the narrator. He hid for a while in Faliro on Athenss southern coast, a wanted man.

I would take him food at night with my sister, who was in love with him. Then we heard he had been caught and one morning we read about his execution in the papers.

How can you kill someone you dont know, you have no anger toward? How can you use violence against a complete stranger? But it is so common. I reflected on these questions after University of Macedonia Professor Nikos Marantzidis was attacked and beaten by three strangers in Thessaloniki. They didnt know who he was either. They had no idea who they were hitting.

If the above incident had occurred during the war a time that Marantzidis, a historian, has written so much about I believe he would not have revealed his identity to his attackers as he did on Tuesday. Sure, he was courageous, but he also showed ignorance of the dangers. And his three attackers, it seems, showed too much zeal for the task at hand.

Murder is not the same as a beating, of course. However, in the Greece of 2014, polarization and the dialectics of hate have spread everywhere, like a malignant cancer. Intellectuals and commentators have supported this kind of behavior or display a suspicious tolerance depending on the identity of the victim. The situation is cause for grave concern. Yet the young man who followed orders in 1943 experienced guilt, a crisis of conscience.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday Jul 3, 2014 (20:03)  
Front-line threats
Testing behavior
Unequal after death
Chinese investment
Policeman saves bather in western Greece
A policeman on Wednesday saved a 75-year-old bather who had become stranded some 300 meters out to sea in western Greece. Other bathers at the beach in Vonitsa called police when they spotte...
Govt leaders try to ease tensions over evaluation
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos are on Thursday expected to discuss a rift that has appeared within the government over an evaluation scheme for civil serv...
Inside News
No property transactions for tax evaders
The Finance Ministry is blocking real estate transactions for owners who have not paid their property taxes in the last five years. Any transactions attempted without the ENFIA certificate, ...
IOBE warns crisis will return if reforms are not implemented
The Greek economy will expand by 0.7 percent this year but it risks slipping back into the mire of the recent crisis years unless the reforms are implemented, the Foundation for Economic and...
Inside Business
TRACK & FIELD
Athens, the Marathon capital of the world for good
Paco Borao, the man who restored Athens as the Marathon capital of the world with the establishment at the Olympic Sports Center of the headquarters of the International Association of Marat...
TRACK & FIELD
Pole vault record on same day as three doping cases
Greek track and field had a mixed weekend, as on the same day as Katerina Stefanidi matched the national record in pole vault as well as the leading result in Europe so far this season, thre...
Inside Sports
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. No property transactions for tax evaders
2. IOBE warns crisis will return if reforms are not implemented
3. Aegean has expressed an interest in Cyprus Airways
4. Stop tax dodging to lower taxes
5. Index up but some banks take a beating
6. Policeman saves bather in western Greece
more news
Today
This Week
1. Hedge fund Dromeus turns Greek tragedy to triumph with 160 pct gain
2. Front-line threats
3. Testing behavior
4. Parts of Thessaloniki university campus sealed off as police investigate bomb threat
5. EU praises Greeces progress in departure from troika criticism
6. Police release new photos of fugitive Roupa
Today
This Week
1. The cost of excellence
2. Ex-Credit Suisse banker taps lesson for Greek rebound
3. Greece seen in third bailout as bonds not enough, economists say
4. Climber dies in Mount Olympus fall
5. Summer storms cause problems in Thessaloniki, spread across the country
6. Greek banks able to tap investors after stress tests, HFSF Says
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.