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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...

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...

Mikis Theodorakis’ Historic Concert After the Fall of the Junta

Mikis Theodorakis, who died on Thursday in Athens at 96, gave a memorable and highly emotional concert in 1974 a few months after the fall of the Greek military junta. Theodorakis, a left-winger, was arrested in 1967 by the dictators,...

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

During the time of the military junta in Greece, from 1967 to 74, 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...

July 15, 1974: The Cyprus Coup that Gave the Pretext for Turkey to Invade

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

My Dad Was a CIA Spy in Greece — But Not a Thug

by Leslie Absher When I was just a baby, my father was sent to Greece for his first field assignment with the CIA. It was the summer of 1966 when we arrived, nine months before the military coup led...