Inside Hitler’s Greece: The Experience of Occupation, by Mark Mazower

By Mark Mazower

The German military invaded Greece in April 1941, and remained there till October 1944. in the course of these 3 lengthy years, tens of hundreds of thousands of Greek civilians perished, the commercial constitution of the rustic used to be destroyed, and the rustic plunged right into a negative civil conflict. utilizing documentary resources in lots of nations (including the records of the place of work of Strategic prone in Washington), Mazower has written the 1st complete account of the event of profession from the viewpoint of these who persevered it, and from those that imposed it. the writer seems to be in any respect facets of the German career of Greece from the function of resistance warring parties, to the expansion of the black marketplace, to the typical fight for survival of Greek islanders. He has drawn his findings right into a narrative account which makes use of many formerly unpublished pictures.

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In Parliament the constitutional issue remained the axis around which all else revolved. But while the political world of Athens discussed whether King George, exiled since 1 923 , should be al­ lowed to return, it paid little attention to the acute social and economic crisis that gripped the country. In the Peloponnese, currant growers were rioting, tearing up rail tracks and burning public buildings, in protest at the lack of state support. Industrial action swept the country from Kalamata to Kavalla.

From the island of 33 7. As fuel becomes scarce, the buses run less frequently and become more crowded: Athens, 1 94 r . Aegina, a Mrs Constantakos reassured her daughter in Zurich that the food situation was better than in the towns, with fish, figs and vegetables available - 'but I predict a tragic winter for the poor and the children in the towns'. Another American, Ralph Kent, sug­ gested that 'there might be something after the style of the French Revolution in Greece, since the poor were literally starving to death'.

From the balcony of his office opposite the Hotel Splendid the young lawyer Christos Christides saw the onlookers standing on the pavement and the balconies watching the occasional German motorbike with its red pennant pass down the empty boulevard. One came from Syntagma Square 4 2. The first German troops enter Athens, 27 April 1941. in the direction of Omonia; it stopped in front of the Parliament building and turned around. 'Looks like he's lost, ' quipped an on­ looker. 'He must be looking for something.

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