My dear Guy,

I cannot believe that you have left forever; you, who with your love and friendship were my most valuable support from the moment I met you, about 43 years ago, until this moment when I am losing you forever.
I am grateful, because you believed in my music and my work, often alone, against all others, and you supported me in the most difficult moments of my life. So much so that at some points I felt that I should continue moving forward, if for nothing else, at least to justify your fight and give you joy.
But it is not only your powerful intellect, your deep learning and your will of steel that distinguished you from other people; it was above all the unique nobility of your soul and the integrity of your character.
You were an uncompromising person and a person of integrity: great virtues, rare in our dark age, virtues that enlightened me and guided me through the rough paths of my life.
How glad, how blessed was I, my dear Guy, to have met you and been so close to both you and the faithful, worthy, valuable partner in your life, our beloved Ariel ...
And now you are gone and you have left me alone, without your precious love, your unshakeable faith and your incomparable, unique ethos, which were probably some of the most valuable gifts life has given me.
Now I see you and embrace you, even from far away, for the last time. But you must know that in your long journey, your dear friend Mikis will always be with you. My great love, my gratitude, my deep respect, my thoughts, my thanks and above all my Music, which you loved and in which you believed so much, will accompany you forever in your long journey.

Goodbye, my dear friend.

Mikis Theodorakis
 
Athens, 27.5.2016    

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death, on 17 May 2016, of Guy Wagner, founder and webmaster of the official Mikis Theodorakis website. Guy left us after a long and courageous struggle against an unforgiving illness.

For the time being we will be unable to keep the site up to date, as in the past. But we are looking for someone willing and able to succeed Guy as manager of the site and hope the present situation will not last long.

So please keep visiting the site. We will keep you informed of developments – and thank you for your understanding.


Ariel and Claude Wagner

Declaration by Mikis Theodorakis concerning the elections of 20 September 2015

It goes without saying that elections usually take place in order to bring to power the parliamentary force that will lead the people during the next four-year parliamentary mandate and implement its programme. But after the upcoming elections, what is the programme that the winning party will implement?

Yesterday, Mr Juncker reminded us that it has already been voted by the SYRIZA government and Brussels, our “national” programme, meaning the Third Memorandum; and – like a real gauleiter – he threatened us that if we did not put it into practice we would be severely punished.

I think back to the days of the German occupation and wonder how the Greeks would have reacted if the then gauleiter had decided to call an election. Meaning: Would they have agreed to take part in ridiculing democracy by forming parties with a “government programme” in their hands, or would they have taken to the hills, as had already been the case. Because, as it has been proved, Greeks in those days were still proud patriots, who confronted the heavily- armed gauleiters upright and ready to sacrifice their lives for the honour and dignity of their country.

Weiterlesen: ELECTIONS, HONOR AND THE NOOSE AROUND THE NECK

 

WE MUST REACT N O W, WHILE THERE IS STILL TIME

A few days ago, two members of the Greek Parliament denied  the Holocaust against the Jewish people and the genocide of Pontian Greeks. Mikis Theodorakis reacts to this infamy with the following text:

 

The connective tissue uniting and keeping alive a People is their collective memory, shaped by the great ordeals that threaten our very existence.

The people of my generation who are still alive, especially those who have suffered to the very core of their being the savage storms that test our endurance, are committed to guarding Thermopylae until our last breath. To protect the unwritten Laws which underpin our uniqueness, our solidarity and our need to remain firmly rooted in reality and move ever onward, ever higher.
These unwritten Laws are the Laws of Life, superior to the conventional ones reflecting the social context, which constantly mutates on the surface, while deep down, the roots continue to support the Tree of the People, branches and leaves, flowers and fruits alike.

Weiterlesen: THEODORAKIS RESPONDS TO HOLOCAUST DENIERS