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German Researchers: Berlin Owes Greece €185 Bln in WW II Reparations

Two German researchers claim that Germany owes Greece 185 billion euros in World War II reparations, of which less that 1 percent has been paid. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reviewed a book called “Reparation Debt Mortgages of German Cccupation in Greece...

Germany's Occupation of Greece: A Massacre and Some "Beautiful Souvenirs"

The role of German archaeologists during the occupation in Greece, is being examined by the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung in an article published in its cultural inset. Titled "Massacres and some beautiful souvenirs," the paper says that recent scientific research is...

WWII Survivors, Historians Present Database of Witness Accounts of German Occupation

“I don’t feel hatred for the Germans. But I feel great sadness because Nazis existed. Why did we allow as a society for Nazis to exist?” said Rosina Asser-Pardo, a Greek-Jew who survived the Second World War, during her...

The Fatal December that Led to the Greek Civil War

"Δεκεμβριανά" (Dekemvriana, December events) is a crucial chapter in modern Greek history and signifies the beginning of the Greek Civil War and the long-lasting division of Greeks to "rightists" and "leftists." The departure of the German occupation army in October...

Athens Celebrates 72nd Anniversary of Liberation From the German Army

"They are leaving! They are leaving!" was the joyous slogan heard from balconies, windows and rooftops as Athenians ran out onto the streets to join the throngs heading for Syntagma Square to celebrate the departure of the German occupying...

The German Soldier Who Saved a Greek Town from Destruction

Josef H. Blechinger was a German soldier who turned out to be one of the greatest heroes of the Greek resistance, who literally saved a town from destruction. Blechinger came to Greece as a conqueror with the German army. A...

Rare Footage Shows Bombing of Piraeus [Video]

On January 11, 1944, English aircraft bombed German targets in Piraeus, Greece, for three hours, starting at 12pm. The city suffered great damages due to the relentless bombing that resulted in 5,500 casualties. It was revealed in 2013, through a letter...

The Gun Culture of Crete and World War II Memories

The island of Crete is home to great traditions and proud, defiant people who function mainly on tight kinship and friendship ties. Greece's largest and southernmost island has 620,000 people and its rich, fertile land and gorgeous seaside make it...

Greece Inaugurates Special Committee to Pursue WWII Reparations from Germany

The special committee that will pursue war reparations, the repayment of the loan received during the occupation and the return of stolen archaeological treasures from Germany starts work today. The committee convenes a few days after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras...

Committee for War Reparations from Germany has 400,000 Documents of Archive Material

Almost 400,000 documents of rare archive material are now in the hands of the cross-parliamentary committee responsible for claiming war reparations from Germany. The archive material belongs to the Greek Armed Forces and it was acquired by the U.S.A. The...