German occupation

Father Dimitrios: The Orthodox Monk Who was a British Spy

The story of Father Dimitrios, the monk with the voice of an angel, who turned out to be a spy for the British Intelligence Service in pre-World War II Greece, is a fascinating yet relatively unknown chapter in modern...

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, just months before the German occupying forces pulled out of Greece. On June 10, 1944, Fritz Laufenbach, captain of...

Crete Remembers the Razing of Kandanos by the Nazis on June 3, 1941

June 3, 1941 marks an especially dark day for Greece during the years of the Nazi occupation, as the Cretan village of Kandanos was burned to the ground and all its 180 residents were massacred by German troops. The Battle of...

The Day Two Teenage Greeks Took Down the Nazi Flag from the Acropolis

Greek freedom fighters Manolis Glezos (L) and Apostolis Santas One of the most humiliating moments not only for Greece but for all humanity was when in April 28, 1941 the swastika was hoisted on Acropolis Hill, on the very cradle...

Greek Resistance Legend Themis Marinos Dies at 101

Themis Marinos, the famous member of the British resistance group BLO and author of many books regarding the period of the Greek resistance during the German occupation of Greece between 1941 and 1944 died at the age of 101...

Tsipras Says Reparations "Moral Debt To All Peoples of Europe"

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday visited the town of Kalavryta, where the entire population of the town was executed by German occupation troops during WWII. Speaking to the local people about the December 13, 1943 atrocity, Tsipras said that German...

Germany: Issue of War Reparations to Greece 'Closed'

Berlin sees that the issue of war reparations to Greece is an issue that is legally and politically closed, said German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert on Wednesday. The response came after the Greek government raised again the issue of war...

Dwindling Band of Veterans Remember 1941's Battle of Crete

They say 'old soldiers never die; they simply fade away' but as Sunday marks the beginning 1941's 13-day Battle of Crete this year's commemoration also highlights the dwindling number of veterans from this fateful WWII conflict. One 97-year-old former soldier from New Zealand...

April 27, 1941: The Day the Nazis Took Over Athens (video)

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

Gorgopotamos Bridge "Retired" for Trains

The historical Gorgopotamos Bridge in central Greece stopped serving trains as of Saturday, putting an end to over a century of service. From now on, railway passengers from Athens heading north to Thessaloniki will not pass through the scenic Gorgopotamos...