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The German Massacre at Viannos, 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 twenty villages located in the areas of east Viannos and west Ierapetra provinces on the Greek...

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.

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

Greece Remembers the Cold-Blooded Nazi Massacre at Distomo

The massacre at Distomo remains to this day one of the most heinous crimes the Nazis committed against innocent women and children

Crete Remembers the Razing of Kandanos by the Nazis

June 3, 1941 was the day the village of Kandanos in Crete was burned to the ground and all its 180 residents were massacred by Nazi troops.

The Day Two Greek Teenagers Took Down Nazi Flag from the Acropolis

On the morning of May 30, 1941, two young Greeks, Manolis Glezos and Lakis Santas climbed on Acropolis and took down the Nazi flag.

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...