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CIA Daughter Remembers the Polytechnic Uprising in Greece

On the occasion of the Athens Polytechnic uprising in Greece against the Junta, Leslie Absher, the daughter of a CIA operative stationed in Greece during the military dictatorship, recalls the events that eventually brought down the regime in 1973. Leslie...

Athens Polytechnic Uprising: How Greek Students Rebelled Against the Junta

The Athens Polytechnic uprising occurred on November 17, 1973, as a massive student demonstration of the popular rejection of the Greek military junta of 1967 to 1974. The uprising that began on November 14, 1973 escalated to an open, anti-junta...

Greece Kicks-off Three Day Celebration of the Polytechnic Uprising

A three-day celebration on the anniversary of the 1973 Polytechnic uprising kicked off in Greece on Tuesday an annual event that commemorates the students who rose against the military junta. On Tuesday, the Athens Polytechnic, or the National Technical University...

When “Teddy Boys” in Greece Were Singled Out by Police

Members of the underground subculture inspired by rock and roll and American and English fashions, called "Teddy Boys," once risked being arrested for their lifestyle in Greece. Greece's post-war years were marked by poverty, political turmoil that led to the...

Kostas Georgakis, the Student Who Set Himself on Fire for Greece

Kostas Georgakis, a Greek geology student who was attending university in Italy, set himself on fire in Genoa on September 19, 1970 as a protest against the Greek military dictatorship of the time. The 22-year-old's last words were "Long...

My Afternoon With Zorba: When Mikis Theodorakis was Banned in Greece

During the time of the military junta in Greece from 1967 to 1974, Greek composer and activist Mikis Theodorakis' music was banned. By Bill Thomas The road to my afternoon with Zorba began in 1968. I was in the US Navy...

The Day Democracy Was Restored in Greece After the Junta

The five days between July 20 and July 24, 1974 were the most turbulent in modern Greek history.

The Cyprus Coup that Provided Pretext for Turkey to Invade

On July 15, 1974, a military coup took place in Cyprus instigated by the junta in Athens, giving Turkey pretext to invade five days later. The plotters overthrew the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios, and installed a...

Karamanlis: The Leader Who Dominated Post-World War II Greece

Karamanlis, who passed away on April 23, 1998 at the age of 91, was the man chosen to pull Greece out of 7 years of a dictatorship in 1974.

A CIA Officer’s Daughter Remembers the 1967 Greek Coup

By Leslie Absher Just prior to the 1967 Greek coup, fifty-five years ago, I arrived in Athens with my mother and CIA father. He was a young officer and Greece was his first field assignment. I was a toddler when...