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

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Yale University Press, 2001 - History - 437 pages
In April 1941 the German army invaded Greece, leading to four years of hideous barbarism and to a civil war that tore the country apart. Inside Hitler's Greece explores the impact of the Occupation upon the lives and values of ordinary Greeks. Drawing on a wealth of first-hand accounts and previously untapped archival sources Mark Mazower offers a vividly human picture of the experiences of resistance fighters and black marketeers, teenage German conscripts and Gestapo officers. He shows how war threw traditional family roles into question as women became breadwinners and children took up arms. The moral complexities of life under foreign rule are linked to the unfolding political tragedy that brought the civil war. The book describes the economic exploitation of Greece and the resulting famine - the disintegration of an entire society and the origins of mass resistance. It offers an unsentimental account of the realities of guerrilla life in the mountains, covering the psychological as well as the material effects of total war. But the war is also seen through German eyes: soldiers, diplomats, and SS officials speak in their own words, allowing us to understand the beliefs and values that underlay Nazi policies of violence, terror, and extermination. From staff officers like the young Kurt Waldheim to ordinary Bavarian conscripts, the German Occupation apparatus is brought to life in unprecedented detail. A world of ruined villages and stirring revolutionary utopias, abandoned Jewish homes and starving islanders - the world of Hitler's New Order - is comprehensively analyzed and set in its historical context.
 

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Mazower has clearly had access to a lot of research on this topic. He provides clear directions where Left and Right became hard-to-define entities, and usefully adds information on what happened to ... Read full review

INSIDE HITLER'S GREECE: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-1944

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Up-close, anecdotal look at the Nazi occupation in Greece, by Mazower (Modern History and International Relations/University of Essex). What with ideology, global strategies, and battle tales, it's ... Read full review

Contents

Swastika over the Acropolis i
1
The Chaos of the New Order 194143
9
Venizeloss Funeral
11
The Occupation Begins
15
The Famine
23
Black Market Axioms
53
An Atmosphere oj Imminent Catastrophe
65
Greek workersin the Reich
73
The End of Italian Rule
144
The Logic of Violence and Terror 194344
160
16 August 19
190
the Behaviour and Values of the German Soldier
201
The SS and the Terror System
219
Greek Jewry and the Final Solution
235
A Society at War 194344
263
the Peoples Liberation Army
297

Dreams of a New Europe
79
This Heroic Madness 194143
83
The Resistance of Daily Life
85
Prudence or Bravery? The Old Politicians
97
Becomiag Organised
103
Urban Protest
108
Freedom or Death
123
Politics of the Andartiko
138
the CounterRevolution
322
Athens 44
340
No Peace without Victory
355
Notes
378
Archival Sources
415
Index
429
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Mark Mazower is professor of history at Birkbeck College, University of London, and author of Dark Continent.

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