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World War II

How the Winged Victory of Samothrace was Saved From the Nazis

Countless masterpieces in the Louvre, such as the Nike, or Winged Victory of Samothrace, were saved from the Nazis in World War II. The Winged Victory of Samothrace is widely considered to be one of the most exquisite sculptures in the...

George Dilboy, The First Greek-American Who Fell in World War I

George Dilboy was the first Greek-American soldier to receive the Medal of Honor, America's highest medal for bravery.

Heroes Fight Like Greeks: When the World Bowed to the Hellenic Spirit

Greek soldiers gained fame around the world in modern times for their incredible courage and fierce resistance against the Italian and German invasions in 1940 and 1941 and also during the brutal years under Axis occupation. Historical figures have long...

OXI: How Greece Delayed the German Attack on Russia

Greece's contribution to World War II was far greater than simply defeating the Italian army and shaming fascist leader Benito Mussolini by saying "OXI," or "no" to his demand to allow Italian troops into the country. The Greek army fought...

What if the Greeks Hadn’t Said “Oxi” on October 28, 1940?

"Oxi Day," on October 28, is a Greek national holiday; but it's establishment as such is not without its share of criticism, as there are those who argue that it commemorates the country's entry into a war instead of...

Sofia Vembo, the Singer of Victory

Sofia Vembo – The famous Greek singer of the 20th century, became synonymous with the epic Greek victories against the fascist Italian troops in 1940 and 1941 during the Greco-Italian war along the Albanian front. Born in Gallipoli in Asia...

The Day Athens Was Liberated from Nazi Occupation

It was a sunny autumn day when the bells in the churches of Athens began ringing joyously and the citizens rushed out on the streets, many of them waving the Greek flag in celebration. Everyone knew why. The bells...

The Valiant Greek Jew Who Fought in Crimea, Asia Minor and Two World Wars

Mordechai Frizis (Μαρδοχαίος Φριζής), who fought in the Crimea and in the doomed Asia Minor campaign as well as the two World Wars, was the first senior officer in the Greek Army to fall on the battlefield during the...

100-Year-Old Former Nazi Camp Guard on Trial in Germany

A 100-year-old former Nazi security guard who worked at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp is now on trial at the Landgericht Neuruppin court in Brandenburg, Germany, on Thursday. Known only as "Josef S," due to German privacy laws, the man was...

The Greek Soldier Who Became an American Icon in WWII

The unlikely story of the life of Evangelos Klonis reads like a novel of adventure and heroism. It is the story of a Greek man whose photograph became the iconic symbol of the American soldier in WWII. Yet he died...