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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...

April 21, 1967: Military Junta Places Greece in Shackles

On April 21st, 1967, Greece woke up with a military junta taking over power and putting the country in shackles for seven years

Christos Sartzetakis, Former President of Greece, Dies at 93

Christos Sartzetakis, a former president of Greece, died on Thursday at an Athens hospital where he had been treated for pneumonia. He was 93. He was a Greek jurist and former supreme justice of the Court of Cassation, who also...

Thousands March in Athens for Polytechnic Uprising Anniversary

Thousands of people marched through Athens Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the Polytechnic uprising against the military dictatorship on November 17,1973. More than 5,000 police were deployed to keep order, as violence involving anarchist demonstrators has often marred the annual...

Athens Polytechnic Uprising: How Brave 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 1967–1974. The uprising that began on November 17, 1973 escalated to an open anti-junta revolt, and...

How the Athens Polytechnic Uprising Ideals Lost their Glow

The Athens Polytechnic uprising anniversary on November 17 against the military dictatorship in Greece has lost its glow and it is often marred by clashes between police and extreme left groups. In November 1973, it had been six and a...

When Greek Police Could Arrest Young Men for Being “Teddy Boys”

  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...

Giorgos Seferis: The First Greek Poet to Win the Nobel Prize

On December 10, 1963, Greek diplomat and poet Giorgos Seferis was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature by King Gustav of Sweden.

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...