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Memorial on Nazis’ Overlooked Crimes in Greece Opens in Germany

German troops round up villagers at Kondomari, Crete. Credit: Wikimedia commons

A German museum has created a new exhibition to highlight the atrocities carried out by the Nazi occupation forces in Greece, which its organizers say are largely overlooked or unknown in Germany.

The outdoor exhibit, entitled “German Crimes in Greece” will last until February, 2021. It has been set up on the railings surrounding the Villa ten Hompel Memorial Museum in the western German city of Münster, which commemorates crimes committed by the police and the administrative authorities during the Nazi era.

The museum says that central events of the Second World War, including occupation, mass shootings, the deportation of Jews, resistance and collaboration, also took place in Greece.

“To this day, however, this is not reflected in the German culture of remembrance,” they state.

While many Germans are well aware of the atrocities committed by the Nazis in Germany and elsewhere, little is known about the crimes committed in Greece.

Participants in the “Gallery Walk”. Credit: Villa ten Hompel memorial museum

A “Gallery Walk” in the outdoor area of ​​Villa ten Hompel will now illuminate this historical chapter and the corresponding culture of remembrance.

Examples are shown of what has happened in individual locations and how it is dealt with today.

Germany’s occupation of Greece from 1941 to 1945, and the issue of reparations for crimes committed during this time, still casts a shadow over German-Greek relations 75 years after the end of World War II.

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