N.G. Michaloliakos: “Greek language is the Castle of our Nation”
The speech of the Secretary General of People’s Association-Golden Dawn, Nikolaos G. Michaloliakos at the conference of the 9th International Forum Humanitas, with subject the uniqueness of the Greek Language
“Dear ladies and gentlemen, of course I do not wish to speak politically. This is an event of the International Intellectual Center “Olympus”, which I congratulate for its initiative. However, I equally aspire to remind to all of you that during the late years, the years of memoranda, the Greek Schools outside the Greek territory shut down, due to the decisions of the Greek governments. For the shake of memoranda! The truth is that for the shake of memoranda, they left the Greek children outside of Greece without education.
Also, I would like to remind that modern Greeks below 40 years are almost uneducated. The state is responsible for two generations of Greeks without proper education. They cannot read Papadiamantes or Vizinos. We even have translations (!) of the works of Papadiamantes! Of course, Greek language is unique.
Also, likely to the references of the professor about the French language and her evolution through the years, according to Arnold J. Toynbee and his book “Greeks and their legacy” the distance between modern English and English at Shakespeare era is way larger than the distance between Ancient and Modern Greek. It seems that the words of Herodotus regarding “the same blood and language” are true.
Since this conference is devoted to Dionysus Solomos, this wonderful intellectual and creator, a tragic persona, who passed through personal hardship, but also created magnificent works of art. Yet, there is something concerning my hometown. The mother of Dionysus Solomos was Aggeliki Nikli, from Mani. For those who are not aware, the language of Solomos is the dialect of Mani. Some words originally derive from this dialect.
The language of Solomos
There was also a political incident regarding one quote of Solomos “with rush it measures the earth”. Rush is a word for speed, according to the dialect of Mani, not a word for violence, repression. It is simple. The language of Solomos was the dialect of Mani, the continuation of the Greek language. There is lively language 5 thousand years old. No one can question that.
The language is a vivid part of the Nation and we have to defend it. Dionysus Solomos is great. Aristos Kampanis, this wonderful critic of our literature, had stated that in Modern Greek Literature there are two artists that shine in a European scale: Solomos and Papadiamantes! So, Dionysus Solomos was standing in the rock of Stranis, at Zakynthos and he could hear the canons at Mesologgi. Then, he wrote the poem “Under siege and free”. The memorable words “Those who die today, die a thousand times”.
This is what our Homeland craves for. All the Greeks alive to this day, we must all die a thousand time, if this is needed, for Greece! Our Language is a line of Defense, a castle of our Nation.”