Come take a ride in Tito´s time Machine 8

Come take a ride in Tito´s time Machine – Part 8 – GREECE: MADE IN GERMANY

Risto Stefov

October 07, 2009

If we "must" believe that Josip Broz Tito (May 7, 1892 - May 4, 1980), the Yugoslav dictator, along with the Communists, "invented" the Macedonians then we must also believe that Tito possessed a "Time Machine" because in this series of articles we will show you that the Macedonians existed way before Tito´s time.

Early the next morning I found TrueMacedonian waiting for me at the secret place where the Delorean was hidden. Even before I had a chance to greet him, the words, "What happened yesterday?" came out of my mouth! Wasting no time TrueMacedonian went on to tell me a long story about the Bulgarian and Greek involvement in the anti-Macedonian propaganda in the Diaspora. As he continued to talk, I decided to take notes particularly about the Greeks and their lies. In summary, this is what TrueMacedonian said;

"MODERN GREECE: MADE IN GERMANY

The new state did not attach itself to its immediate past, as it had been preserved in the popular memory, but rather adapted itself to the popular image of the ancient Greek past already created in the West. Otto's father, King Ludwig I of Bavaria, was obsessed with ancient Greece and brought up his children with the aspiration that one day one of them would reign over this glorious land (1).

The German obsession with the ancient Hellene city-states all began in the 18th century with a trickle through socialite circles and educational systems. Eventually this new cult of personality would take affect in the new land mass that would become known as Greece in 1821. In other words the Germans in effect created modern Greece and the modern Greeks on Romantic German Aryanist philology (2). It's the same Aryanism that Martin Bernal questioned in 1987 in which public passions were aroused by modern Greeks and scholars from around the world (3).

Writer Nikos Dimou stated the following in a recent NY Times interview;

"It´s the fault of a German," Mr. Dimou said about Greek pride in this cause. He was referring to Johann Winckelmann, the 18th-century German art historian whose vision of an ancient Greece "populated by beautiful, tall, blond, wise people, representing perfection," as Mr. Dimou put it, was in a sense imposed on the country to shape modern Greek identity. (4)

He also goes on to say;

"We used to speak Albanian and call ourselves Romans, but then Winckelmann, Goethe, Victor Hugo, Delacroix, they all told us, ´No, you are Hellenes, direct descendants of Plato and Socrates,´ and that did it. If a small, poor nation has such a burden put on its shoulders, it will never recover." (5)

What eventually led to the wide-spread phenomenon of these Aryanist values was through the Science of Antiquity a school where the study of classical civilization forged the discipline of the fictional Hellenic model. Scholar Stathis Gourgouris wrote the following in his book Dream Nation;

"In practical terms, however, the historical absurdity of declaring Hellenic civilization the expression of a culture uncontaminated by foreign elements can be explained by a simple fact that usually tends to be disregarded - namely, that Hellenic civilization as we know it was in fact the invention of the ´Science of Antiquity´, of classics. As such it could have been (and was) endowed with whatever signification the discipline found useful." (6)

With western help modern Greece won its independence and was put under Bavarian monarchical rule under the newly crowned King Otto, King Of Greece.

If we go back in time to a place called Athens before it was made into the new "German made" kingdom what would we find hanging around the ruins? According to Edmond About close to the mid-nineteenth century "Athens, twenty five years ago, was only an Albanian village" and that "Athens has been rapidly peopled with men of all kinds of nations". He also goes on to say; "The Turkish village which formerly clustered round the base of the acropolis has not disappeared; it forms a whole quarter of the town....an immense majority of the population of this quarter is composed of Albanians." (7)

Eventually the new Bavarian monarchy would remedy this situation in not just Athens but all of "German made" Modern Greece. The Albanians of Athens and whatever else the other rabble of races was did not fit the mold of what Wincklemann's fantasy manifested in Germany and Western Europe. In 1834, it was decided to make Athens the new capital of the Kingdom of Otto's Greece. A German architect, Schaubert, was employed to create wide streets, the squares, the boulevards: and so Athens, which in 1834 was a village of 5,000 inhabitants had become in 1936 a city of over four hundred and fifty thousand (8). In essence we see that Germans literally created Modern Greece from the ground up. But Athens was only one area.

What about Sparta?

According to our source, Edmond About, "New Sparta is a creation of King Otto, who has formed the useless project of resuscitating all the great names of Greece." (9) Of course Sparta was at one time not only an Albanian stronghold but a major settlement for the Slavic tribes that entered the Balkans in the 6th century AD. Traveler Peter Edmund Laurent made his way through Slavo-Sparta before the war for independence broke out. He said; "From their manners, their features, and the names of many of the neighboring places, I should be tempted to regard them as proceeding from Sclavonian blood: many travelers pretend, however, to have discovered in these barbarous hordes traces of a Spartan origin. (10).

We can see why King Otto wanted to create New Sparta. Because Slavo-Sparta did not fit the Aryan German Hellenic ideal with all its Slavic place-names and uncouth manners.

But re-creating a dead ancient civilization from the ground up was not the only task King Otto had in mind. The Bavarian masters had the church of Greece declared independent from the ecumenical church of Constantinople. The newly found church of Greece was from the beginning a prisoner of the autocratic, Bavarian ruled Greek state (11).

According to historian William St. Claire German Made Greece "was essentially a Bavarian colony. (That Greece Might Still Be Free)

1-Discourses of Collective Identity in Central and Southeast Europe (1770-1945) Volume II, page 308, written by Mary Kitroeff, edited by Balazs Trencsenyi and Michael Kopecek

2 & 3-Cultural Intimacy: Social poetics in the nation-state, pages 106-07, by Michael Herzfeld

4 & 5- Elgin Marble Argument in a New Light By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN Published: June 23, 2009 NY Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/arts/ ... q=Albanian Marbles&st=cse&scp=1

6- Dream Nation, page 134, by Stathis Gourgouris

7- Greece and the Greeks of today, pages 32 and 160, by Edmond About

8- In the Steps of St.Paul, page 304, by H.V. Morton

9- Greece and the Greeks of today, pages 21-22, by Edmond About

10- Recollections of a Classical tour, page 182, by Peter Edmund Laurent

11- Salonica Terminus, page 43, by Fred A. Reed

As he continued to tell tales, I had to rudely interrupt him at the sight of Tito and the others appearing around the corner. "We will talk later," were the last words TrueMacedonian said to me before I hopped into the Delorean´s trunk impatiently waiting for Tito´s next destination.

Without saying a word to TrueMacedonian, Tito hopped aboard the Delorean and set the time dials for 1934. "We are going to Reno, Nevada, to June 25th, 1934." And with those words he pushed the activation button and swish in seconds we were there. Sure enough the mission was a success because the next day I found the following article;

"THE CULT OF ALEXANDER

IT IS not only Mussolini who is harking back to the ancient Romans for a means of inspiring modern Italy, or Hitler who turns to the old-time Teutons to give a model for the modern German. Greece begins to realize that it has heroes of its own and now General George Condylis, minister of War at Athens places his candidate for adulation before the descendents of the old Hellenes. It is no less a person than Alexander the Great.

Condylis proposes to erect the ideal of Alexander into a real cult. A statue is to be raised to him at once in Athens, lectures have been organized at the university and schools, and the Alexandrian tactics and conquests are being studied as a means of giving the modern Greek some conception of what it meant to be one of his nations 2200 years ago.

Which is all very well, but the truth is that the ancient Greeks scarcely admitted Alexander to be one of their blood. He was a Macedonian. The Athenians fought against allowing his father to enter their territory and the orations against Philip delivered by Demosthenes are regarded today as the most magnificent specimens of oratory. They have given a name to denunciatory speeches – Philippics. Alexander, it is true, overcame all this but he had to conquer the real Greeks to do it. His phalanx was a Macedonian phalanx and not a Greek one. His lieutenants and successors were Macedonians and not Greeks, although they spoke Greek and worshipped Greek gods. And as for Macedonia, it is even yet an uncertain possession either of Greece or Bulgaria. It still tries to be independent." (Reno Evening Gazette, Reno Nevada, Thursday, June 26th, 1934, page 5)

Bravo Tito and the team! I know TrueMacedonian would not agree with the wording of this article, particularly the "implied" connection between the so-called "ancient Greeks" and the modern ones. I can just hear TrueMacedonian saying "There are no modern Greeks never mind being related in any way, shape or form to the so-called ancient Greeks. The modern Greeks are a modern philhellene manifestation. They are fakes and should have never been called Greeks. A better name for them would have been Arvanitovlachs, because that´s what they are!"

The team was back in no time and went off again, this time to Newark, Ohio, to May 31st, 1939.

Their mission was hardly worthwhile because the newspaper that was expected to carry a fantastic story only wrote the following;

"GREEK CHURCH PLANS SERVICES

Service next week in the Roumanian church, of the Greek Orthodox faith, was announced today. Service will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. in the church at Wirlwood and Poplar avenues. In addition to morning session, a service will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Rev. D. Justremicean of Detroit will conduct the services.

It was announced that all Rumanians, Macedonians, Greeks, Bulgarians and Serbians are invited to attend." (The Advocate, Newark, Ohio, April 1st, 1939, page 3)

Bravo Tito and the team, yet again you managed to put together a story with the word "Macedonians" in the same sentence as the words "Greeks", "Serbians" and "Bulgarians". This is no April fools joke! Macedonians in Newark, Ohio? I though "Macedonians" were "geographical" creatures, as some Greeks incessantly continue to claim, so why are they still called "Macedonians" in Ohio? Ah I get it! The preacher was inviting "ethnic Rumanians", "geographical Macedonians", "ethnic Greeks" and "ethnic Serbians" to his service. How silly of me!

The team was back again and ready for their last mission of the day. Tito announced the next destination and off we went.

The next day I found the results of this mission in the following story;

"BANDS OF GREEKS TERRORIZE MACEDONIANS

Yugoslav Charges

Allegations in Yugoslav newspapers that bands of Greek left wing guerrillas, under the command of General Zervas are making terror attacks against Macedonians have given rise to fears that international complications maybe in the making, says Associated Press Belgrade correspondent, - AAP." (The Argus, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, June 27, 1945, page 1)

Many hours had passed as I awaited the team´s return, which by now was way overdue. I couldn´t imagine what the delay could have been?

More hours passed and still no sign of them. By now it was dark and even if nothing was wrong, it was too late for the team to return. I did not dare move so I made myself comfortable in the Delorean´s trunk, preparing to spend the night there.

To be continued.

Other articles by Risto Stefov:

http://www.maknews.com/html/articles.html#stefov

http://www.americanchronicle.com/authors/view/3446

Many thanks to TrueMacedonian from http://www.maknews.com/forum for his contribution to this article.

You can contact the author at rstefov@hotmail.com

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