The Tsolakoglou [a reference to a wartime Nazi collaborationist in Greece] government has literally wiped out my ability to survive, based on a decent pension which I paid for myself over 35 years with no help from the state.
If one Greek had taken a Kalashnikov into his hands, I might have followed him and done the same but because I am of an age that makes it impossible for me to take strong action on my own, I can find no other solution than to put an end to my life before I start sifting through garbage cans for my food.
I believe that young people with no future will one day take up and hang this country’s traitors in arms in Syntagma Square just as the Italians hanged Mussolini in 1945. The suicide note of the 77-year-old Dimitris Christoulas, who shot himself in Syntagma Square, in protest against the austerity policies hitting Greece. (via mollycrabapple)
In my ramblings, I move about with the certainty and nonchalance of a longtime resident. Only a single sight gives me pause. On my way home one afternoon, I notice my name on a small poster plastered around a telephone pole — a surreal moment during which I can’t decide if I am misreading while also trying to figure out what I might have done to deserve such notoriety. In my next step, everything is clear again. The poster, white with a gold border, announces Grandfather’s funeral. I bear his name.
On the ninth day after Grandfather’s death, we return to the cemetery. This time, it’s just my aunt, her two daughters, and me. We carry napkins, a few plastic spoons, and a bowl of kollyva: a medley of boiled wheat, raisins, and nuts topped by a layer of sugar. The Eastern Orthodox Church believes that the prayers of the living can help the dead gain God’s grace. That is not why we are here. Since his death, there has simply been an unspoken determination to do everything that we are supposed to. For observing custom and ritual, we have been rewarded with the answers about what to do from one moment to the next, but with little else.
Facing Athens, George Sarrinikolaou