Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

Fritz Stern
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.
Mark Almond
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.
Richard Eder
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 (
Mark Almond
Fascinating. . . . [Mazower] succeeds in getting under the skin of the occupation.
New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300089233
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 482,211
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations and Foreign Terms
Prologue: Swastika over the Acropolis 1
Pt. I The Chaos of the New Order: 1941-43
1 Venizelos's Funeral 11
2 The Occupation Begins 15
3 The Famine 23
4 Black Market Axioms 53
5 An Atmosphere of Imminent Catastrophe 65
6 Greek Workers in the Reich 73
7 Dreams of a New Europe 79
Pt. II 'This Heroic Madness': 1941-43
8 The Resistance of Daily Life 85
9 Prudence or Bravery? The Old Politicians 97
10 Becoming Organised 103
11 Urban Protest 108
12 'Freedom or Death!' 123
13 Politics of the Andartiko 138
14 The End of Italian Rule 144
Pt. III The Logic of Violence and Terror: 1943-44
15 The Logic of Violence 155
16 Anatomy of a Massacre: 16 August 1943 190
17 'The Loveliest Time': the Behaviour and Values of the German Soldier 201
18 The SS and the Terror System 219
19 Greek Jewry and the Final Solution 235
Pt. IV A Society at War: 1943-44
20 People's Democracy in Free Greece 265
21 ELAS: the People's Liberation Army 297
22 'A Cemetery Awash in Blood': the Counter-Revolution 322
23 'Tired Out by History': Athens '44 340
Epilogue: 'No Peace without Victory' 355
Notes 378
Archival Sources 415
Note on Sources 423
Index 429
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