Greece’s most popular composer, Mikis Theodorakis,
was flanked by Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Education Minister Petros Efthymiou when he made the comments at a November 4 reception for the publication of his autobiography, an event covered massively by the Greek media.
Film footage showed neither minister reacted when Theodorakis said Greeks and Jews “are two peoples without kin, but they had fanaticism and self-knowledge and managed to prevail.”
“Today, we can say that these little people are the root of evil,” said Theodorakis, 78, a committed leftist and political activist who was jailed under the fascist junta that held power in Greece in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
It seems European anti-Semitism isn’t confined to the right wing anymore. Then again, anyone who has been following French or German politics lately already knew that.