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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, illuminating, expert study
It's not appreciated very well outside Greece just how brutal the German occupation was. Greek society was turned upside down in a way that no country in western Europe experienced. This is by far the best English-language study of this traumatic episode in Greek history, but it is also one of the best studies of any Nazi-occupied country in the second world war.
Published on 25 April 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read but
Mazower describes the german occupation in Greece accurately and in detail. However, his position on the divisions produced in the greek society by the occupation is somewhat unbalanced and with a bias in favor of leftist/communist points of view. For example, it is dissapointing that the town of Meligalas is not mentioned at all in the book.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, illuminating, expert study, 25 April 2002
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This review is from: Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation.1941-44 (Yale Nota Bene) (Paperback)
It's not appreciated very well outside Greece just how brutal the German occupation was. Greek society was turned upside down in a way that no country in western Europe experienced. This is by far the best English-language study of this traumatic episode in Greek history, but it is also one of the best studies of any Nazi-occupied country in the second world war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study of the vicious Nazi occupation of Greece, 29 May 2012
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William Podmore (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation.1941-44 (Yale Nota Bene) (Paperback)
This brilliant book details the horrors of the Nazi occupation of Greece.

Goering told all Reich Commissioners and Military Commanders of occupied territories, "I could not care less when you say that people under your administration are dying of hunger. Let them perish so long as no German starves."

In the first year of the occupation, April 1941-April 1942, 40,000 people starved to death. The British lifted their sea blockade of Greece only in August 1942 to allow Greece to get grain from outside Europe. Greece had first asked the British government to lift the blockade in April 1941. The Red Cross estimated that 250,000 Greeks died of famine in 1941-43.

Mazower sums up, "Everywhere the hunger intensified people's alienation from the state and radicalised large sections of the population, including many white-collar workers and middle-class professionals, former bastions of the old bourgeois order, who looked in vain to the established political world in Athens for guidance and leadership in their daily struggle for survival."

He points out that the government's "efforts to keep Greece on the gold standard pushed the economy into recession .." He cites an American oil executive working in Greece who said, "The Germans are looting for all they are worth, both openly and by forcing the Greeks to sell for worthless paper marks, issued locally."

In September 1943, EAM/ELAS [National Liberation Front/Greek People's Liberation Army] got the Grand Rabbi out of Athens, which `saved the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of Jews'. Mazower writes, "Though the [Jewish] fugitives received support from many quarters, the outstanding role was played by EAM/ELAS, whose underground organisation was the most extensive in the country." Even so, the Nazis killed possibly 90 per cent of Greece's Jews.

In November 1943, a member of Britain's Military Mission, with the knowledge of the Middle East commander of Britain's Special Operations Executive, held secret talks with the head of the German Secret Police in Athens on possible joint action against the Soviet Union.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lest we forget, 17 July 2012
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Alan Stevenson "Pappous" (Kalamata, Greece) - See all my reviews
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Current generations have never understood the horror of the Nazi occupation of Greece. This book provides an opportunity to gain an appreciation of what it was really like, providing the reader has the imagination necessary to step into the shoes of oppressed majority of Greeks at that time. Mazower's book has captured the ambience of living with the dread of a visit from either the Security Battalion or the ELAS functionaries, only to be eclipsed by fear of the Nazi SiPo/SD. The full horror cannot, of course, be learned except from experience, but this book might help provide an antidote to the ravings of the presently growing extreme right wing in Greek politics if only it could be provided as reading material in Greek schools.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Mazower knows his stuff', 18 July 2013
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An excellent book by a historian whom I have the deapest respect for, Mark Mozower. He knows his Greece. He sheds light on the Axis occupation of Hellas. Little wonder that the Greeks have somewhat strained to Germany having suffered the greatest civilan losses of any occupied nation in WW2. Greece received insufficient reparations for the destruction of civilian property and the loss of plant and machinery. The British played no small in supporting the political forces which shaped post-war Greece, and what a sorry mess they made of it. I can also recommend his book on Salonica.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem of a book This is what Greece ..., 14 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation.1941-44 (Yale Nota Bene) (Paperback)
An absolute gem of a book

This is what Greece was, and in some ways, still is

I have travelled extensively over Greece, from Corfu too Mykonos and beyond. I have seen the effects the war had and still has on communities and people. From cenotaphs and monuments in villages commemorating fallen Greek dead to bitter and angry memories told by wizened elderly Greeks.

Since the introduction of the Euro, the financial crash of 2008-2009, a nation heavily in debt and anti EU anger directed at Germany-old wounds have once again flared
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent but harrowing history of the Greek occupation, 14 Sept. 2014
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An excellent but harrowing history of the Greek occupation. Mazower does not whitewash any aspects. The British duplicity, the Greek collaborators, the savage mountain guerilla fighters - every aspect gets a well reasoned and excellently referenced coverage with no obvious bias. The barbarity of the Nazis however, even now some 70 years later, beggars belief. That such atrocities could be carried out without significant dissent by so many German soldiers can only sicken any decent reader.

Reading this book at a time when USA has decided to unilaterally bomb innocent civilians in IS occupied Syria in response to the beheading of 2 US citizens by the so called Islamic State shows that the Nazis terror policy of mass killing of civilians to terrorise whole populations and deter any opposition is still mainstream US policy.

It did not work for the Germans in Greece and I don't doubt it will be counter-productive to US interests in the Middle East. It will however destroy the lives of many innocent Syrians, as did the German atrocities in Greece.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory and shocking, 21 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation.1941-44 (Yale Nota Bene) (Paperback)
A visitor to Greece for nearly 20 years, I've always felt that my understanding of their recent history was lamentably deficient. All the motorway service stations in Greece seem to be full of books about the subject but I've found so few in English. This one book has opened my eyes to the brutality, the horrors, the inhumanity of the war years and what immediately followed. Perhaps all modern day Germans should read this when they are deciding whether or not it is morally correct to support Greece in its financial crisis.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse of an era., 19 July 2011
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I bought this book to obtain a feel for the time of the Axis occpation as well as the hard facts of events. It did both these things for me. The events of that period are related with meticulous accuracy and perceptions are culled from a review of all the material available of the time. The result is a review of historical fact, leavened with the emotions and perceptions of a population trapped in a war not of their making. Impressive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect summary, 11 May 2013
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At last a perfect summary of this awful war. Maybe a little confusing sometimes with the different greek groupings left/right.
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13 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding work.., 25 April 1999
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Every Greek MUST STUDY this book.What can happen to a country when the winds of war sweep all aside,but the role of the various political factions and collaborators brought the total misery that was experienced in the period 1941 to 1950 and beyond. Greece was destroyed both by outsiders and locals alike and this book explores and relates all details. The true democratic character of the country was brutally supressed,first by the Germans and then by the "Allies". Greece did not achieve true democracy until AFTER 1981 when Papandreou was elected.The root causes of all misery that prevailed in Greece during Hitler's occupation were also responsible for the post war problems. This book tells all and a message should emerge from reading it.... for all Greeks "We have met the enemy and it is mostly us" Costas Spalaris
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