Memories of the Occupation in Greece

The german occupation

German soldiers in Athens, 1941. Private collection Georgios Chandrinos

German soldiers in Athens, 1941. Private collection Georgios Chandrinos

The German Occupation in Greece (April 1941–October 1944) caused the death of thousands of people. In spite of the fact that the consequences of the Occupation are firmly embedded in many Greeks’ historical consciousness and life-worlds, to the extent that it can be readily employed as a point of reference for them and their lives, we notice a paradox: Although there is an enormous amount of bibliography concerning the Second World War in Europe, international researchers, such as the German historian Dieter Pohl, have noted that we still don’t know much about the German Occupation in Greece. The Balkans, and especially Greece, form a white (or perhaps gray) stain at the European map of occupation terror.