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      Greece's 'Fuhrer' Wants Istanbul Back

      The leader of Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party said that Istanbul could be restored to Greek control.
      By Rachel Hirshfeld
      First Publish: 6/8/2012, 6:41 PM

      leader of Golden Dawn, Nikos Mihaloliakos
      leader of Golden Dawn, Nikos Mihaloliakos
      Reuters

      The leader of Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party, Nikos Mihaloliakos, has said during an interview that Istanbul could be restored to Greek control, private broadcaster NTV reported Friday on its website. 

      "Is it realistic to ask for Istanbul, where 15 millions Turks live, while there are only 3,000 Rum [Anatolian Greek]?" Greece's daily Proto Thema asked Mihaloliakos, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

      "Jewish people founded a state on their ancient land in 1948 after centuries had passed," Mihaloliakos answered."I am not saying that we have to fight with Turks by weapons. However, we should not forget that Hellenism existed in Anatolia, Pontus and Thrace for centuries." 

      "Our hearts are with the Queen City [Istanbul]," he said. 

      Mihaloliakos is nicknamed "Führer," referring to Adolph Hitler, and said that the nickname does not bother him.

      He has denied the existence of claimed that Nazi concentration camps did not use ovens and gas chambers to exterminate Jews during the Holocaust.

      "There were no ovens — it's a lie. I believe it's a lie. There were no gas chambers either," he said.

      The Golden Dawn party, which aims at expelling foreigners from Greece, campaigned under the slogan, "rid this land of filth."

      Furthermore, the party, whose symbol closely resembles a swastika, openly displays copies of “Mein Kampf,” as well as other works on Greek racial superiority, at its headquarters.