Thursday, June 18, 2015
While Greece is faced with one of the biggest crises in its history, Greek bourgeois historians and politicians are trying to rewrite history, with their main focus on events that took place before and after Nazi occupation. These years were marked by massive poverty, hunger, and oppression that led to a great wave of militancy among the Greek workers, peasants, and youth.
However, due to the mistakes of the leaders of the Communist Party and the Stalinist bureaucracy, the revolutionary movement that defeated the Nazis was brutally crushed, and resulted in the darkest years of Greek history—the Greek Civil War. The crisis of 2008 and its aftermath have brought back to the surface the memory of these events to remind us about the importance of revolutionary leadership. It is important for Marxists today to understand these events and their relevance to today’s situation.