63rd out of 119 books — 35 voters
Inside Hitler's Greece: The Experience of Occupation, 1941-44
by Mark Mazower
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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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
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).
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
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
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
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
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.
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?
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.
This is something of a classic in my field, but I haven't gotten around to reading it until just now. Great stuff; he could do a little more comparative work--sometimes Greece stands alone more than it should. Mazower remedied that somewhat with Hitler's Europe, which I've only read in, rather than really examined. Recommended so far.
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.