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Monday, 14 February 2022 10:38
The Greek Minister of Health Thanos Plevris, in an interview on the sanitary measures for the covid pandemic, which was published in the newspaper “Eleftheros Typos” (Synday’s edition of February 13th, 2022), responded also to the following question regarding his position on Holocaust denial, antisemitism and the Jewish community. Thanos Plevris had apologized for his statements of 2009 while acting as a defense lawyer of his father, the known Holocaust denier Kostas Plevris, during the latter’s trial for the antisemitic book “Jews – The whole truth”. This apology came in response to KIS’s announcement for the appointment of Thanos Plevris as  Minister, in September 2021.

[…] Finally, a personal question. Despite the fact that as a minister you have undertaken certain social initiatives, you have been accused of being an anti-Semite and a supporter of holocaust deniers, since you strongly supported your father's book. What do you have to say on this?

I know that many people believe that the answers I give on this issue are not sincere and are done with ulterior motives, linking me to the positions expressed by my father. I want to be clear in my answer. Indeed, I grew up in an environment with a strong anti-Semitic influence and participated in a party that had also expressed anti-Jewish positions, without reacting. Indeed, a few years ago, in defending my father as his advocate, I strongly opposed the Jewish leadership of the country and expressed views that offend not only the Jews, but also the quality of our Democracy. I was wrong. This acceptance is not a political position, it is a position of restoration of what is righteous.

 You can understand then that I categorically condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms. From violence and hate speech to the vandalism of synagogues and cemeteries. The revisionism of the Holocaust, that is, the attempt to rewrite history in terms that deny or devalue this crime, is an insult to the memory of its 6,000,000 Jewish victims, but also a peril to our Republic. My respect for the victims of the Holocaust, but also for our fellow Jews, is not a political act, but an attitude of principle by a man who understands he has made mistakes in this matter.


“Eleftheros Typos” (Synday’s edition of February 13th, 2022

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