Government spokesman Pantelis Kapsis described televised remarks made by Golden Dawn party leader Nikos Michaloliakos as an "extreme insult to the memory of millions of Holocaust victims." The spokesman accused the 55-year-old party leader of "distorting history."
"There were no ovens - it's a lie. I believe it's a lie. There were no gas chambers either," Michaloliakos said in an interview with Greece's private Mega television, broadcast on Sunday. Michaloliakos and 20 other Golden Dawn candidates were elected to Parliament in May 6 general elections that saw traditionally dominant parties hammered in the crisis-hit country.
Kapsis described the remarks as an attempt to revise history. "I condemn these views in the strongest terms," he said.