Tsipras Slams “Crimes Of Third Reich And Hitler’s Hordes", Threatens Seizure Of German Assets

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Earlier today, despite fears that it may not find enough cash to fund its latest T-Bill rollover, Greece was able to sell €1.3 billion of three-month Treasury bills, covering the amount it wanted to refinance a maturing issue, in what Reuters dubbed was an "auction that tested its ability to raise funds amid a cash crunch." The paper came at a higher cost as the T-bills were priced to yield 2.70 percent, up 20 basis points from 2.50 percent in a previous sale in February, the country's debt agency PDMA said.

However, this latest funding appears to have brought Greek funds to a critical low level because roughly at the same time news broke that Greek Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos said he is ready to sign an older court ruling that will enable the foreclosure of German assets in Greece in order to compensate the relatives of victims of Nazi crimes during the Second World War.

As Kathimerini reports, Greece's Supreme Court ruled in favor of Distomo survivors in 2000, but the decision has not been enforced. Distomo, a small village in central Greece, lost 218 lives in a Nazi massacre in 1944.

“The law states that in order to implement the ruling of the Supreme Court, the minister of justice has to order it. I believe this permission should be given and I’m ready to give it, notwithstanding any obstacles," Paraskevopoulos told Antenna TV on Wednesday.

“There must probably be some negotiation with Germany,” said Paraskevopoulos, who first announced his intention Tuesday during a Parliament debate on the creation of a committee to seek war reparations, the repayment of a forced loan and the return of antiquities.

Some background on the story from Keep Talking Greece:

On Tuesday, Greek Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos said that he was ready to sign an older decision issued in year 2000 by Greece’s Highest Court Areios Pagos that enables confiscation of German state property in Greece. The court decision confirmed the First Instance Court decision of 1997 that had ruled that Germany had to pay €28 million to descendants of the Distomo massacre.

 

On 10 June 1944, Waffen SS killed 218 men, women and children of Distomo village, in reprisal for attacks by resistance fighters.

 

“The confiscation of German property in Greece would affect the Goethe Institute and the German Schools in Athens and Thessaloniki,” Greek media report.

 

Speaking to ANT1 TV this morning, Paraskevopoulos said that the court decision needs only the signature of the Justice Minister in order to go in effect. However he implied that this will not be done immediately.

 

According to Greek media, already in 2000, PASOK Justice Minister had signed the court decision and a justicial clerk appeared at the door of Goethe Institute in Athens.

 

“However, the Justice minister withdrew his signature. after a couple of days later Germany approved the entrance of Greece to the Euro zone,” notes Proto Thema.

 

But the Justice Minister and every Justice Minister has to take into consideration the impact on bilateral relations.

 

Also on Tuesday, deputy Defense Minister Kostas Ysichos said that the ministry has the so-called Wehrmacht- Archive, an archive of 400,000 records of the German occupation,  that is currently in the process of digitilization.

Clearly this would not set a favorable precedent for wealth redistribution within the European "Union."

As KTG succinctly observes, "The decision comes amid a frozen atmosphere between Greece and Germany over bailout reforms and a series of insults spoken by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble against his couPnterpart Yanis Varoufakis."

During the same debate, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expressed his government’s firm intention to seek war reparations from Germany, noting that Athens would show sensitivity that it hoped to see reciprocated from Berlin.

Then again, "sensitive" is hardly how one would characterize his speech: when speaking before Parliament, Tsipras accused Germany of using legal tricks to avoid paying reparations for the Nazi occupation of Greece and said he would support parliamentary efforts to review the matter.

“After the reunification of Germany in 1990, the legal and political conditions were created for this issue to be solved. But since then, German governments chose silence, legal tricks and delay. And I wonder, because there is a lot of talk at the European level these days about moral issues: is this stance moral?” Tsipras said and added that "despite the crimes of the Third Reich and Hitler’s hordes, the German debt was written off".

Germany has repeatedly rejected Greek calls for WWII reparations claiming that “war compensations to individuals was settled with the Agreement of 1960? and the “Agreement of 1990.”

However, “the Agreement of 1960 covered only compensation for the individual victims of Nazi horrors, not the destruction wrought on Greece during the 1941-1944 occupation and the enforced loan,” Tsipras said.

Why is Greece pushing for any recovery on the reparations front? Because the amount for the cash-strapped, and now desperate, country could be substantial: "according to some sources, the Greek claims from Germany are estimated  €269 – €332 billion. In April 2013, after the investigation committee concluded its work, newspaper To Vima reported that the Greek claim was 162 billion euro."

To Vima stressed to have seen the findings and reports that the experts found that Germany should pay Greece 108 billion euros for damage to infrastructure and 54 billion euros for a loan that the Nazi occupation forces obliged Greece to take in order to pay Berlin during the war.

In other words, the reparations are equivalent to about 80 percent of Greek gross domestic product.

Clearly this is merely the initial Greek ask. It would settle for anything. However, judging by the less than frosty German response, it will get exactly nothing: as Bloomberg reports, Germany views Greek reparations claims related to World War II as closed, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert says. "Germany has made its stance known and is sticking with it." FinMin spokesman Martin Jaeger added that Germany "won’t negotiate on Greek claims because “this chapter is legally and politically closed as far as we’re concerned" adding that "Germany is very aware” of “moral responsibility” for legacy of Nazi era but that doesn’t change govt’s legal and political assessment."

This is ironic considering just two days ago...

Sarcasm aside, digging up old wounds will merely accelerate the (less than) amicable parting of ways, especially after a speech earlier by ECB's Draghi in which he said that ECB bond buying "may be shielding countries in the euro zone from any knock-on effect from events in Greece, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Wednesday."

Which simply means that just because European government bond yields are on their way to 0% or below, the ECB is now convinced that any Greek leverage has been lost, and the more Greece pushes, the more likely the divorce finally takes place, even if a Grexit ultimately does open up a whole new can of worms because as Italy's Padoan said yesterday, a "Euro exit would show that the Euro is not irreversible." But we'll cross that particular bridge once we get to it.

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Ayreos's picture

This is exactly what it is. Syriza posturing for the paesants while they let the Germans dictate conditions.

BigJim's picture

I thought only Jews were entitled to German reparations *confused*

caconhma's picture

General Paton: "We fought a wrong enemy." He was right. Nazi Germany has lost and the white race is on a verge of extermination.

 

Savyindallas's picture

Paton was a pretty smart dude -figured a lot of things out-and was figuring out more and talking too much  -so they offed him. Surprised they didn't call it a suicide. 

Stuck on Zero's picture

While we're talking about war reparations the Greeks owe a great deal to the Sicilians for the damages caused during the Punic Wars in which Greek Tyrants conquered and ruled over the Sicilians between 600 and 200 BC.

 

y3maxx's picture

France will take the "high road".... returning all stolen Artifacts now inside the Louvre and across Paris.

Charles Wilson's picture

Is it me or do I keep hearing the Russian National Anthem playing in the background?

Socratic Dog's picture

The day may come when the USSA is paying out reparations to the descendents of those we massacre in the middle east, Ukraine, etc etc etc.

7.62x54r's picture

The people who actually ordered the massacres will pay nothing. Poor fucking Kilroys like us will get stuck with paying the bill to the victors.

janus's picture

too bad the greeks aren't jews...otherwise they'd now be receiving every 'stolen' art work in bavaria, every dolphin class sub the huns can churn out, german citizenship, billions, billions and yes more billions in reparations.  now, if some clever feta-eater could only find the courage to claim that more greeks were killed in olive oil fired ovens than existed in the ww2 census, and then double that number over again with 'survivors', they'd get some $$ympathy!  p.s. apparently you don't even need facts or data to back your claim.  just come up with a number and jail anyone who dares challenge it.  it will also help if you make some documentaries and play them on endless loop -- it would also behoove you to force every student in every grade to attend all screenings...you'll need some lamp shades stretched with greek skin; some soap rendered from greek fat; the diary of helena anadropolis; toss in the testimony of those numberless survivors....and, voila!, you've got your reparations ad infinitum. 

Cadavre's picture

I know someone that has a friend who had a great grandmother that a Nazi soldier hit on for a late night Wienerschnitzel (with extra sauerkrout) #4 dinner and 4 drafts of Erdinger while Wagner played on a Victrola in the background, and then, without any warning, and while they were eating, an allied plane dropped a gut full of white phosphor bombs on the restaurant and fried her date, leaving my friend's acquantance's great grandmother stuck with the tab, and they hadn't even served dessert yet.  Since one person is my friend and knows someone whose great grandmother got stuck with the tab (without even being allowed dispute the dessert charge because the pantry lady was a cigarette ash) when her date turned into "stick boy", am I entitled to some of that Nazi doulble remote acquaintance hardship pay back moola moola too?

Remember those stories of inherited memory claims where some inadequacy complexed dominion heretic was suing to get a taste of the ole Nazi reparations pie because the "horror of the camps" was genetically passed from the camper to them?

From the sublime to warp drive ludicrous. Amazing!

mkkby's picture

Very funny dick head.  People did actually suffer losses during the war.  It might be a tad of an overreach to ask for compensation now, though.

Cadavre's picture

 That's ?Mister Dick Head", please. Yeah Germans suffered really bad - post WWII Germany makes palestine look like a Disneyland. 20 Million Germans Dead. 40 (maybe 60) Million Russians dead. and it all start over this news item. Germany finally helped ZOG Germanic Terrorists move to Palestine (on the SS Tel Aviv - loaded them up with machine tools and bags of German Marks). German Jewery was left to feed the need for western genocide, or, for the lucky germans,  the refugee camps that followed the fire bombings.

In Slaughter House FIve, Kurt Vonnegut's main character narrates flashbacks of his experience as an allied POW in Dresden and recalls that fortunate Germans. Jews or otherwise, got jobs in the syrup factories and huffed the sugary beet ambrosia down like there was no tomorrow (which in fact became the case in most cases). There's a chapter dedicated to the main characters escape and recollection of Dresden during the allied fire bombing

This Jew calls the false narrative of contrived 20th century history "The Big Lie".

OBTW - Now that we're on "conversational" terms, you don't have to be so formal, just call me "Dick". A lady friend of yours calls me "Mr. Good DIck"!:)

 

oudinot's picture

The English stole my ancestor's Irish farm in Kerry  in 1849, I'm want it back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thamnosma's picture

Al Sharpton wants some of that racist Nazi money too.

Socratic Dog's picture

Don't put Patton on a pedestal.  Like Hollywood decided you should.  Look up his role in the Bonus Army massacre.

Zuhalter's picture

1. Nice try deliberately twisting false racial context into Patton's comment, by not including the fact that he was referring to the Soviet Union.

2. Your lack of knowledge about Patton doesn't suprise me; you didn't even bother to spell his name correctly.

pods's picture

The Cheetah and the Thompson's Gazelle.

The Cheetah has it's jaws around the neck of the gazelle. The gazelle is still kicking mightily, but to no avail.

That is where we are right about now.

Take a guess who is who.

pods

kliguy38's picture

yup and the Tompson's Gazelles are too ignorant to have a clue they are already a meal

max2205's picture

Greece may go full Ississ on those Germans.  Corner a rat and see what they do.

Carpenter1's picture

I put Tspiras' word right up there with Ronald McDonald and Bernie Madoff

Monetas's picture
Monetas (not verified) BigJim Mar 11, 2015 9:23 AM

Reparations are only for white people to pay .... that's RAYCISS !

Handful of Dust's picture

Greeks are pulling their version of the Merikan Race Card.

Augustus's picture

Yankus Viralfukas now has a good fantasy for a new video game.  That is the only way this "claim" will raise cash.

Arthor Bearing's picture

The Greek bailout/exit negotiations have reached inanity level: full internet, which is marked by the use of the "B-B-B-B-B-BUT HITLER!" strategy.

RafterManFMJ's picture

I'm of two minds on this; on one hand some people that were not involved will be stealing from others that were not involved.

On the other hand, fuck you Germany.

MsCreant's picture

Let me help you with that--fuck you lying, cheating, rotten assed banker scum.

You are welcome.

Socratic Dog's picture

For some reason I don't think these "reparations" are planned to reach the actual relatives

 of those massacred.

I've got this nagging suspicion they'll end up in the hands of bankers, if paid.

No idea where I get that idea from.

petolo's picture

Come on, let's reparate some folks. Fine art, vintage retsina, metakas for everybody. 

Stoploss's picture

1-385-844-7448...     Ask for Vladimir.

divingengineer's picture

Tsipras wants to be a German Viceroy.

 

IronShield's picture

Oh I get it; I'm going to take YOUR toys and go home. Not!

chubbar's picture

Speaking of Hitler

http://humansarefree.com/2015/02/fbi-quietly-declassified-secret-files.html#more

" On April 30 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his underground bunker. His body was later discovered and identified by the Soviets before being rushed back to Russia. Or was it? Newly declassified FBI documents prove that the government knew Hitler was alive and well, and living in the Andes Mountains long after World War II. Is it really possible that the Soviets have been lying all this time, and that history has purposely been rewritten? No one thought so until the release of the FBI documents. It seems that it is possible that the most hated man in history escaped war torn Germany and lived a bucolic and peaceful life in the beautiful foothills of the Andes Mountains. The Intelligence Community Knew Recently released FBI documents are beginning to show that not only was Hitler and Eva Braun’s suicide faked, the infamous pair might have had help from the Swiss Director of the United States OSS himself, Allen Dulles. In one FBI document from Los Angles, it is revealed that the agency was well aware of a mysterious submarine making its way up the Argentinian coast dropping off high level Nazi officials. What is even more astonishing is the fact that the FBI knew he was in fact living in the foothills of the Andes. Who is the Mysterious Informant? In a Los Angeles letter to the Bureau in August of 1945, an unidentified informant agreed to exchange information for political asylum. What he told agents was stunning. The informant not only knew Hitler was in Argentina, he was one of the confirmed four men who had met the German submarine. Apparently, two submarines had landed on the Argentinian coast, and Hitler with Eva Braun was on board the second. The Argentinian government not only welcomed the former German dictator, but also aided in his hiding. The informant went on to not only give detailed directions to the villages that Hitler and his party had passed through, but also credible physical details concerning Hitler. While for obvious reasons the informant is never named in the FBI papers, he was credible enough to be believed by some agents. The FBI Tried to Hide Hitler’s Whereabouts Even with a detailed physical description and directions the FBI still did not follow up on these new leads. Even with evidence placing the German sub U-530 on the Argentinian coast shortly before finally surrounding, and plenty of eye witness accounts of German official being dropped off, no one investigated. - See more at: http://humansarefree.com/2015/02/fbi-quietly-declassified-secret-files.h...

Steaming_Wookie_Doo's picture

Yeah, not as much ended in 1945 as you might've been led to believe. Heck, there's evidence of Martin Bormann cashing a check via Deutsche Bank in Buenos Aires in 1967. I'd recommend checking out Joseph Farrell's Reich of the Black Sun and Nazi International. Also several books from Peter Levenda.

janus's picture

what's worse, and for all his proper german manners, adolph apparantly never bothered to learn spanish.  shame on him!

101 years and counting's picture

time for kenya to sue the US for stealing people from its country 300 years ago.

Azannoth's picture

How about we simply give them their people back, and with Interest too!

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

LOL, you greeks so funny, your not even jewish, goy never get paid..ironic

janus's picture

i can think of one kenyan who should be on the first ship back...but, and sorry to be such a nerd, most 'african americans' are descendants of west-africans...the features of nigerians, ghaneese, etc. are almost identical to those found in amorica's blacks.  kenyans and other east africans are a whole different kettle of fish...i only wish we'd gone around the cape and taken them instead; assuming we had to take any at all.  think of it like this: east africans are to west africans what the dutch are to bulgarians.

Ward cleaver's picture

They were sold by their own....oops not
suppose to tell that part of the story.

sleigher's picture

Let's talk about who largely ran the merchant ships that moved them.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Obama's great great great-grandfather?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Speaking of selling out your own...

Ever notice that of the 3 Abrahamic faiths, people from 2 of the 3 will sell each other out?  Those from the 3rd stick together like white on rice. 

There's a lesson in there somewhere.  

Pool Shark's picture

 

 

Asia and Egypt just called...

They want back everything Alexander the Great stole from them 2300 years ago...

 

 

nmewn's picture

"time for kenya to sue the US for stealing people from its country 300 years ago."

Jeeezus, I hope that was sarcasm.

Wrong coast of Africa, it was Omani Arabs doing ALL the slave trading around that region then and there was no such thing as a Kenya (it was conquered land, by arabs and persians) and there was no such thing as "the US" 300yrs ago either.

Try the arabs ;-)