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Athens Polytechnic Uprising: How Greek Students Overthrew a Coup

As of November 1973, it had been six and a half years since Greece had been placed under strict military rule. Opponents of the junta which...

Greek Student Who Set Himself on Fire for Freedom Remembered

Kostas Georgakis, a Greek student of geology who was attending university in Italy, set himself on fire in Genoa on September 19, 1970 as...

July 24, 1974: When Democracy Was Restored to Greece

The five days between July 20 and July 24, 1974 were the most turbulent, and the most decisive, in modern Greek history. The Turkish...

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...

April 21, 1967: A Date Most Greeks Want to Forget

                                       (Makarezos, Pattakos, Papadopoulos) For the army...

November 17 Anniversary: Thousands March to Commemorate the Polytechnic Uprising

Thousands of people marched on the streets of Athens on Saturday afternoon to commemorate the anniversary of the Polytechnic uprising and the victims of...

How The Athens Polytechnic Uprising Ideals of Freedom and Democracy Lost their Glow

In November 1973, it had been six and a half years since Greece was placed under strict military rule. Opponents of the junta who...

When Greek Police Could Arrest Young Men for Being ‘Teddy Boys’

Greece's post-war years were marked by poverty, political turmoil that led to the seven-year dictatorship, and the struggle of young Greeks to follow the...

The Botched Rolling Stones Show in Athens 4 Days Before the April 21, 1967...

The Rolling Stones concert in Athens four days before the April 21st, 1967 coup became the stuff of legend, as only five songs into...

Never Forget Bouboulinas Street

By Leslie Absher I spent the first years of my childhood living in Athens during the junta, brought to Greece by my CIA dad for...

Historical Documents from 1897-1977 Found in Secret Room of Greek Parliament

Unknown archive documents of historical value were found in an unused storage room on the mezzanine floor of the Greek Parliament, House Speaker Nikos...

Flashback to the Funeral that Became the First Mass Protest Against the 1967 Junta

On November 1, 1968 the death of emblematic political leader Georgios Papandreou gave about 300,000 Greeks the opportunity to get out in the streets...

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