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Memories of the Occupation in Greece


Memorial Culture

The Second World War and fascism continue to be the subjects of research around the world. Thousands of texts have been and are still being written about the topic without exhausting the the questions and historical details that are just appearing now. The community of historians in Greece is one of the most active communities of scholars in the country. In Germany, however, the knowledge of German war crimes committed on Greek soil remains very limited.




At memorial sites, it is made clear that history is not solely what has happened but also what is happening. Therefore, the Greek attitude towards the past can be measured by how the country deals with its memorials, whether it be through preservation, non-compliance, or, most frequently, by neglect.




The discussion surrounding the call for restitution and reparations for German war crimes remains current and contentious. The topic is being discussed again in Germany, not least due to emphatic public attention from Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his SYRIZA party.