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April 27, 1941: The Day When German Troops Stormed Athens

It was a Sunday on April 27, 1941 when German troops entered Athens. The capital's residents remained stubbornly locked up in their homes. The rise of the Nazi swastika on the Acropolis marked the beginning of the German Occupation. Soon,...

Underground Shelters in Athens Survive Since Second World War

In Athens and the general Attica region, there are several underground shelters that the majority of the population are completely unaware of

Former German Soldier Helps Restore Greek Monastery Destroyed by Nazis

A letter sent by a former German soldier helped spur the restoration of Agios Dionysios Monastery on Mount Olympus which had been destroyed by the Nazis during WWII. It was one day in 1996 when prior Maximos of the New...

Kalavryta: The Bloodiest Nazi Massacre in Greece

December 13, 1943 marks the date of the worst massacre committed in Greece by the Nazis occupying the country, as more than 500 innocent civilians were executed, and the entire town of Kalavryta was burned to the ground. The Massacre...

Stylianos Kyriakides: The Legendary Marathon Man Who Ran for Greece

Stylianos (Stelios) Kyriakides is a Greek legend for all Marathon runners, although he is best known for winning first place in the Boston Marathon in 1946.

Gorgopotamos: The Greatest Moment of Greek Resistance to the Nazis

The blowing up of the Gorgopotamos bridge on November 25, 1942 stands as the greatest moment of Greece's resistance during World War II.

The Day Athens Was Liberated from Nazi Occupation

It was a sunny autumn day when the bells in the churches of Athens began ringing joyously and the citizens rushed out on the streets, many of them waving the Greek flag in celebration. Everyone knew why. The bells...

The ‘Viannos Holocaust’ in Crete Still Haunts Greece

The Viannos massacre, known as the “Viannos Holocaust,” was a mass extermination campaign launched by Nazi forces against the civilian residents of around 20 villages located in the areas of east Viannos and west Ierapetra provinces on the Greek...

Father Dimitrios: The Orthodox Monk Who was a British Spy

The story of Father Dimitrios, the monk who turned out to be a spy for the British Intelligence Service in pre-World War II Greece

Greek Antiquities Removed by Occupying Germany, US Archives Reveal

A document in the US National Archives reveals the damage caused to Greek antiquities during Germany's occupation of the country 1941-1944.