Athens Commemorates the 71st Anniversary of its Liberation from Nazi Occupation



Athenians celebrating the end of the German occupation, October 1944.
Athenians celebrating the end of the German occupation, October 1944.

Athens commemorates the 71st anniversary of its Liberation from the Nazi Occupation with a series of events that will take place throughout the month of October in several cultural venues across the city.

The program of the festive events, which is organized under the auspices of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, is entitled “October 12 – Athens Free,” and it mainly consists of historical walking tours, concerts, documentaries, historians’ speeches, seminars for secondary school teachers, and tributes.

  • The Municipal Gallery of Athens in Metaxourgeio will host “Athens 1940-1944. The city and its people. War Occupation, Resistance, Liberation,” an exhibition of archival and photographic material from October 6 to 31 (Free Entrance).
  • On Sunday, October 11 at 11 am, the historical walking tour “Seeking the traces of Occupation in Athens” will take place under the guidance of the Greek historic Menelaos Charalambides.
  • On Sunday, October 11 at 8 pm, the Music Ensembles of ERT and the Choir of the Municipality of Athens will present for the first time the work of Christos Leontis “Guarding Thermopylae” (Φυλάττειν Θερμοπύλας) in Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall.
  • On Monday, October 19, the Arms History Directorate will hold the first presentation of the German Occupation’s files at the central hall of Greece’s Ministry of National Defense.
  • From October 15 through October 21, the Greek Film Archive will host “Images of the Occupation and Liberation” event presenting films and documentaries (Free Entrance). Furthermore, on Saturday, October 17, the documentary “Wheat” will be screened for the first time.

The celebrations are organized jointly by Attica (Regional Unit of the Central Sector of Athens), the Sports, Culture and Youth Agency of the Municipality of Athens, the ERT, the General State Archives, the General Secretariat for the Coordination of Government Work and the Ministry of National Defense, with the participation of Benaki Museum, the Contemporary Social History Archives, the Athens War Museum, the Hellenic Literary and Historical Archive of the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation, and the Forum of Social and Oral History Association. All the events are organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.


55 COMMENTS

  1. The war crimes perpetrated against German civilians and POW’s by Allied troops, you know, the supposed, “good guys” were unprecedented and grotesque to the extreme! What’s more, NO Allied officers, soldiers or politicians were ever tried for these crimes!

    Google the guardian article: ‘They raped every German female from eight to 80’

    Estimates of rape victims from the city’s [Berlin] two main hospitals ranged from 95,000 to 130,000. One doctor deduced that out of approximately 100,000 women raped in the city, some 10,000 died as a result, mostly from suicide. The death rate was thought to have been much higher among the 1.4 million estimated victims in East Prussia, Pomerania and Silesia. Altogether at least two million German women are thought to have been raped, and a substantial minority, if not a majority, appear to have suffered multiple rape.

    Search on Google to find out what happened at places like Nemmersdorf and Neustettin.

  2. All mainstream historians agree that the arrival of a 58,000 strong British Army in Greece forced the Germans to enter Greece in order to expel British forces.
    Timelines don’t lie, check them out below.

    OCTOBER 28, 1940: Italy invades Greece.
    OCTOBER 31, 1940: British troops arrive in Souda, Crete.
    NOVEMBER 1, 1940: RAF squadrons commanded by Air Commodore John D’Albiac arrive in Greece.
    JANUARY 29, 1941: Greek PM Ioannis Metaxas dies.
    MARCH 7, 1941: A 58,000 Strong British Expeditionary Force starts pouring into Greece.
    APRIL 6, 1941: Germany invades Greece.

  3. I hope Greek Reporter allows my comment, so that I may respond to your version of historical events. Much thanks in advance if they do. In 1941 – 1942 the Germans ONLY controlled Athens, part of Macedonia, part of Thrace, part of Crete, Lesbos, Chios, Lemnos and some smaller islands i.e. a small percentage of the Greece’s food producing regions, hence requisitioning of supplies by German troops was not a major factor. There was a net inflow of food to Greece from Axis-controlled Europe, although it was not sufficient to offset the cutting of food imports by the British blockade.

    It is NO COINCIDENCE that the famine ended when Britain was persuaded by the Red Cross to ease its blockade, to the extent of allowing neutral ships to bring food to Greek ports.

    In 1941-1942, the Greek regions of Epirus, Thessaly, Central Greece, Peloponnese, Cyclades islands, the Dodecanese and part of Crete were under Italian occupation, whilst the Bulgarians controlled part of Macedonia and Thrace.

  4. Alexander Parvus born Israel Lazarevich Gelfand became the Jewish financer of the Young Turk militia.

    A good article to read on crypto-Jew Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is titled: “Why is Australia raising tribute monuments to the ANZAC killer Ataturk?”

    Even ISRAELI AUTHORS described Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as a Crypto-JEW. (Google the New York Sun article: “Ataturk’s Turkey Overturned”)

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