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

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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 ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 8th 2001 by Yale University Press (first published 1993)
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May 19, 2008 Eileen rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible book, irrespective of your political beliefs or nationality. If nothing else, it's one of the most realistic accounts of suffering and wartime I have ever come across (yes, I found myself in tears many times while reading). The research is exhaustive, the writing style makes it a page-turner, and no matter how much you think you know about the times or Greek politics, this will surely teach you something new or at the very least make you look at Greece today in a new light. ...more
Κάθε Έλληνας πρέπει να διαβάσει αυτό το βιβλίο. Για αρκετούς λόγους.
Jan 08, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent and from what I could deduce a fair account of wartime Greece from just before the Axis invasion by Mussolini and post liberation by the Allies..

The story of rival resistance groups from left and right as well as the collaborative Greek government is complex but Mazower does an admirable job of imparting the personalities' involved as well as the motives behind such murderous rivalry.

Of note: The account of the truly barbaric concentration camp outside Athens; and the deportation o
Jul 15, 2013 Arhondi rated it really liked it
A well researched and well written account of the many aspects and politics of the Occupation and the Civil War in Greece. It can help shed some light or even perhaps answer a few questions that a baffled Greek citizen might have at this time in history. An enlightening read. (Could have done a bit better in transcribing Greek names/ areas/ cities, etc, but it's no harm done).
Sep 02, 2013 Cameron rated it really liked it
Shelves: wwii
Mark Mazower's 1995 history of the German occupation of Greece is still considered one of the best books on this topic. The Nazis occupied part of Greece in 1941 and 1942; they occupied all of it after the Italian surrender in 1943, and only after the Allies took Paris in August 1944 did they withdraw. During their brutal presence in country, the Germans robbed Greece of natural resources and treasure and killed hundreds of thousands of Greeks. Over 90 percent of all Greek Jews were sent to Ausc ...more
Brad Felix
Feb 04, 2013 Brad Felix rated it it was ok
This is an interesting account of Greece occupation by Germany and Italy during WWII. This is an event I probably glanced over in history class, but it interested me because of the financial ramifications endured by Greece during this time period. Essentially, the Germans and Italians looted all the country's resources and printed as many drachmas as they could to finance the German war effort. This lead to a hyperinflation and famine in Greece, where many people died and starved to death. Consi ...more
Costas Kabamaru
Nov 03, 2007 Costas Kabamaru rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: To everyone, really.
I learned a lot from this book. Firstly, the bravery of the Greeks during WW II, who without them Second World War would have never ended. Twas, after all, due to the bravery and courage that the Greek people showed in WWII, that they delayed both the German Wehrmacht and Fascist Italy troops, until the Russians came to the rescue. It is in this very bravery that "Everyone can recall the sentiments of admiration which the heroic defense of Greece, first against the Italians and then against the ...more
Ioannis Neris
Feb 07, 2015 Ioannis Neris rated it it was amazing
As a Greek its a well told story from a "third" eye. Good insight on what happened during the occupation by the Nazis plus a clear understanding of the mentality of the people back then as well as the causes for the civil war.
Aug 02, 2011 Filip rated it liked it
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 the principal Germans who were involved in the occupation of Greece. The book might have benefited from checks by native speakers of Greek, German and Italian, and from more and clearer maps. Sometimes it seems like the author repeats dry lists of events, village after village, without locating these ...more
Apr 11, 2007 Jenny rated it really liked it
this book can come off as kind of text-booky, but it really is awesome. it goes into lots of detail about everything that was going on in greece during WWII. it has a lot of firsthand accounts, pictures, and really amazing details about hitler's and mussolini's dealings in greece. my favorite (although very hard to read) part discusses the jewish community in salonika, which was completely wiped out by the facist regimes in greece.
Feb 25, 2008 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
there are some very interesting pictures in the center of the book. most interesting to me is the one showing a gentleman fainting from hunger in the street. what's interesting is that he's dressed in a suit and carrying his briefcase...the man was going to work! who the hell bothers to show up at the office when they're starving to death?
Mar 05, 2013 Athena rated it really liked it
Excellent account of these dark years, the most exciting quality about it being that it provided historical documentation for several oral stories I 've heard from my parents and grandparents who experienced the Italian and German occupation of Crete. I particularly appreciated Mazower's balanced view on the civil conflicts during the Occupation.
morning Os
Sep 04, 2008 morning Os rated it really liked it
Very systematic presentation of the chaotic German and Italian occupation of Greece. Very smooth, easy reading throughout. I should go back to the last few chapters in order to compare the chaos in Korea and Taiwan in 1945.
Gordon Howard
Jun 20, 2009 Gordon Howard rated it really liked it
A very good, somber book about the German occupation of Greece 1941-1944. It's a less well-known chapter of the overall World War II saga. Lot's of pictures interspersed throughout are interesting too.
Aug 19, 2015 Themistocles rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-ii, history
A really well researched and presented account of the German occupation of Greece. Really helps you put some things in perspective...
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Mark A. Mazower (/məˈzaʊər/; born 20 February 1958, London) is a British historian. His expertise is Greece, the Balkans and, more generally, 20th century Europe. He is currently a professor of history at Columbia University in New York City.
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