This gripping and richly illustrated account of wartime Greece explores the impact of the Nazi Occupation upon the lives and values of ordinary people. The first full account of the experience of occupation, it offers a vividly human picture of resistance fighters and black marketeers, teenage German conscripts and Gestapo officers, Jews and starving villagers.
A superb book on the horrors afflicting wartime Greece. . . . [Mazower] has done vast archival research and emerged with a gripping, readable and human account, setting every moment of a tragic period in appropriate context.
Fascinating. . . . [Mazower] succeeds in getting under the skin of the occupation. . . . [This book] conjures up, in vivid detail, life under an occupation that had shattered old certainties and replaced them with painful choices, cynical compromises, and hopes undercut by the daily death toll.
A vivid picture of the German occupier’s mind and actions. . . . Mazower’s arguments are always fair.
Draws on a wealth of first-hand accounts and previously untapped archival sources to offer a detailed chronicle of the physical and psychological impact of German occupation on the Greeks. Incorporates the viewpoints of German soldiers, diplomats, and SS officials as they expressed those viewpoints themselves. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Fascinating. . . . [Mazower] succeeds in getting under the skin of the occupation.
—New York Times