Greek Antiquities Pillaged By Nazis

669B2B82D773AF66863377F9D3C86B25The pillaging of Greek antiquities during the German Occupation of WWII could surpass more than 8,500, according to the journalist Giorgos Lekakis. If those items were sold today in auction houses, their value would reach €1 trillion, or about $1.3 trillion, he said.

The German occupiers were disrespectful even towards the Acropolis. In 1941, they installed anti-aircraft batteries inside the Parthenon. They installed platoons of soldiers that engaged themselves in indescribable crimes. They shot the sculptures and used the monumental gateway to the Acropolis (Propylaea) as a latrine.

They turned the Museum of Livadia into a garage for repairing bicycles. German archaeologists robbed museums and carried out illegal excavations in 17 areas of Greece, the various finds of which were sent to Germany.

In 1944, during their departure from Athens, Germans shot and used their bayonets to destroy statues and vases on the Acropolis and in the Kerameikos (Ancient Cemetery), as described in a 1946 report by the then Greek Ministry of Education. In various regions as Thiva, Heronia and Tanagra the occupiers stole treasures, chased Greeks out of the museum and installed themselves in it. In Mycenae they shot the Lion Gate and caused extensive damage to the Treasury of Atreus.

In Knossos, a German general ripped off the museum; soldiers carried out boxes of Minoan, bronze and stone statues from the museum to his mansion.

Archeologists from the Archeological Service in Greece had the foresight to hide many of the antiquities before the German invasion and also had the courage to protect them. The German Conquerors tried hard to discover the hidden antiquities by exerting pressure, but they met with the stubborn resistance of Greek archaeologists.


  1. I wish Greek Reporter would bother to write about the present day Nazis more than once every few months. The Skopian crypto-nazis threatening our country (while their dirtbag foreign apologists pretend not to notice)

    Where are alleged “Greek” Reporter stories about the daily provocations by FYROM nationalists? (including on this very website?) FYROM ultra nationalist “news” organizations constantly attacks Greeks, while our leftist cowards say nothing to defend our country from these fanatics that are in an undeclared war with us? What are you waiting for? Approval of Am-nasty international and the Guardian that betrayed us to obvious propagandists?

  2. The Germans “must” pay back the Greeks after plundering the country & murdering half million here and Ms. Merkel had better stop all the bullying or there will be a total out and out REVOLUTION in Greece… But I am convinced the only way for the Greek people to fight back against their corrupt Coalition government of liars and thieves and IMF, Troika, and EU Commission of criminals— is by using Gandhi’s basic principals of
    “PASSIVE-RESISTANCE” in which Greeks do not need to use violence, just stop paying your unfair taxes and electric bills, continue mass strikes in Athens, and “resist” all attempts to allow the Government dictate or bully you, which is in fact, against international law!

  3. & who would buy these useless nic nacs for 1 trillion euro’s?

    Greece forgets to mention how their own fellow Greeks sold the Elgin marbles to a museum.

  4. What about Greece repaying the true ethnic Macedonians for stealing the Aegean & destroying all Cyrillic signs, defacing churches & cemeteries ? Lets not mentioning the lives lost.

  5. Ethnic Macedonians ? You must speak about Greeks then.

    Now here is what Bulgarian (your countrymen) are thinking about this situation :


    PS : Of course, this doesn’t apply to you if you are an Ethnic Albanian with a FYROM passeport (aka 30% of your population an growing fast).

  6. “The creation of the Macedonian nation, for almost half of a century, was done in a condition of single-party dictatorship. In those times, there was no difference between science and ideology, so the “Macedonian” historiography, unopposed by anybody, comfortably performed a selection of the historic material from which the “Macedonian” identity was created. There is nothing atypical here for the process of the creation of any modern nation, except when falsification from the type of substitution of the word “Bulgarian” with the word “Macedonian” were made.” — former FYROM foreign minister Denko Maleski


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