Greek Fascists Make a Mark

Hard economic times breed hardcore Fascists. The Greek ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn, which this Summer rallied at Thermopylae before the statue of King Leonidas of Sparta, has become the third most popular political party in Greece. It feeds on a virulently anti-immigrant platform. Eighteen Golden Dawn MPs were elected in June, but four have been stripped of their parliamentary immunity to face investigation for violent offenses. Golden Dawn, which had been a tiny fringe party, stormed into parliament for the first time in May with almost seven per cent of the vote, which they also received during a second election the following month.

Golden Dawn’s Youth Front, a Hitler Youth wannabe, distributes fliers with nationalist messages in Athens, organizes Rock Against Communism, and publishes the white nationalist magazine Resistance Hellas-Antepithesi, a sister publication of the American National Alliance’s Resistance magazine.

Wearing black T-shirts with a swastika-esque symbol, one of their slogans is “Get the Stench Out of Greece.” Although they deny a connection to the the National Socialist Workers Party, Golden Dawn’s trappings are inspired by the Nazi Runes.

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14 thoughts on “Greek Fascists Make a Mark

  1. CauseAndEffect

    “Branding”? “Corporate”? For f**k’s sake, they are not SELLING something. You people are pure consumer-materialists. Its so creepy and sad.
    It is a symbol which stands for something else, like a door which you need the right key to open. The more one looks over the keys in their possession and none fits the lock, the more the door’s design looks worse to them, due to their frustration. The one with the wrong key becomes the frustrated lockpicker. The one without the key becomes the ignorant observer. The one who has no keys becomes the one the door opens itself to welcome in. Its not about design. Design is merely scratching the surface. The surface is just for the poor in spirit. The entrance is for the ones ready to enter.

    And as Smashing Pumpkins said:

    “Emptiness is loneliness
    And loneliness is cleanliness
    And cleanliness is godliness
    And God is empty just like me”

    What is written in the emptiness is what matters, not what the design tells you.

  2. matt

    Ideology aside, from a purely graphic and branding perspective, if this group didn’t want their identity to conjure up comparisons to Third Reich iconography it is a terrible logo and a complete design failure.

  3. CauseAndEffect

    “The swastika of the Nazi party was the ultimate in corporate identity marks. Well proportioned, easily recognized, memorable, it was evocative of both their values and, if you look closely, the initials N.S. (National Socialist). It was also well and consistently rendered, which reënforced the values of discipline and rigor.”

    So, here we have an actual nazi, describing the positive aspects of the Nazi party symbol and the devine genious of the one who designed it for the party.

    “The Golden Dawn’s interpretation of the Greek Key symbol. is poorly proportioned, sloppy and inconsistently rendered. The lasting impression is that the Helanic legacies of geometric purity, proportion and mathematical perfection, once mastered, are lost on these people. This suggests a dissipated, culture, or, to put it in Nazi terms, a “mongrel race”. Perhaps with this symbol the Golden Dawn makes their point in a round about way?”

    The same nazi, is actually a so-called Nordicist, which regards Southern Europeans as “inferior”, trying to make some kind of comment, to “prove” his point. The thing is, Golden Dawn doesn’t make “interpretations” of the Greek Key symbol, it is you and other non-Greeks that try to make interpretations of it. Hellenic and not “Helanic” legacies, are what the German Nazis as well as everyone else, where and are JEALOUS of. But unfortunately, they can’t understand them, because of their barbarian blood. Greek Nationalists do not “interpret” Greek symbols, that is what barbarians do. They are One with these symbols.

    So instead of being genocidal cannibals with a flawed racial “theory” like the German Nazis, the great losers of WWII, Golden Dawn is primarily a Nationalist movement of all Greeks focused on preservation and sustainance. That is what makes it so much better from the previous century Germans and other losers.

  4. pannekoek

    The swastika of the Nazi party was the ultimate in corporate identity marks. Well proportioned, easily recognized, memorable, it was evocative of both their values and, if you look closely, the initials N.S. (National Socialist). It was also well and consistently rendered, which reënforced the values of discipline and rigor.

    The Golden Dawn’s interpretation of the Greek Key symbol. is poorly proportioned, sloppy and inconsistently rendered. The lasting impression is that the Helanic legacies of geometric purity, proportion and mathematical perfection, once mastered, are lost on these people. This suggests a dissipated, culture, or, to put it in Nazi terms, a “mongrel race”. Perhaps with this symbol the Golden Dawn makes their point in a round about way?

  5. CauseAndEffect

    Golden Dawn is now discussed in Design blogs too? Lol…. lies from day one….

    First of all, this purposefuly horrific (metaphorically and literaly) translation of the slogan, “Get the stench out of Greece” is of course not accurate. Its more like “Lets clean Greece” or “Let’s clean up our country!” and yes it refers to multiple issues, from the ‘dirty’ politicians that in part are responsible for current bankruptcy, to any kind of corruption in society and in the state, to the Greek cities that are filty and maltreated, to the illegal immigrants that live under very bad conditions with lack of hygiene. That’s all.

    The symbol above is not a “Nazi rune”, that’s an illiterate claim, at the least. It is a symbol carrying a numer of meanings, very old, and characteristically Greek. So, you don’t like the “gestalt” of the symbol, eh? How about the ‘gestalt’ of bankruptcy, how about the ‘gestalt’ of economic extortion and economic war, how about the ‘gestalt’ of illegal immigrant invasion, what do you think they cause to the ‘gestalt’ of the people? Well, only one rule ultimately stands: survival. And sometimes survival, is not a pretty site.

  6. s. OBrien

    Mr. Heller-

    I am aware that the swastika symbol dates back to ancient times and now is related to evil instead of it’s original intention of “to be good.”

    It is unfortunate, throughout history, people or groups takes symbols of beauty or meaning and use them in another way than they were originally meant to be used. People in Greece are trying to grasp control of their country that is falling in a “tail spin.” My feeling is this is why ancient symbols are used in uprisings or well thought plans (Nazi regime). It is something people can identify with. I am sure Hitler picked the swastika because it meant good, it made citizens comfortable, they thought they could trust him.

    I am not playing a game and if my nice try statement offended you, I apologize.

  7. s. OBrien

    Jessy-
    My head is not up my ass and I am surprised at your comment. I was merely pointing out that the Golden Dawn symbol has nothing to do with the swastika and the design does come from the Greek Key. Steven Heller called the design swastika-esque, not me.

  8. Steven Heller Post author

    Mr. O’Brien,

    Its not that the sharp angularity of the marks are similar. Or that the white outline is the same as was used on certain Nazi swastika emblems. Or that they are adopting the same colors, red, white and black as the Nazis. It is the entire gestalt of the mark that suggests a Nazi/swastika influence, similar to the bullseye cross of the White Aryan Nation and the Trinacria of the Afrikana Resistance Movement.

    Nice to know that the Golden Dawn symbol is actually a portion of the Greek Key design that dates back to ancient Greece, but dare I remind you the Swastika dated back to ancient times, and also referenced 19th century Germanic symbols.

    Nice try? Is this a game we’re playing?

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