11 thoughts on “Greece, Germany, Hitler and a Dutch comedian

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  2. The claim of the Greek repatriations owing from WW2, considering Greece having a small population in 1940, and hundreds of thousands of Greeks lost their lives as a result of German occupation, the fact that money is not a issue of lost lives is all very well, Greece having a rural economy as opposed to Germany having industrializing is disproportionate in terms of wealth accrued by these two differing economies, although money is difficult to relate to damaged life and money, Germany taking in to account they were the aggressors, I have no problem with Germany going to war with British interests as a result of British being a extremely aggressive and oppressive empire that frequently was directed to those whom were less able to defend themselves, is a in this situation a result of karma, in this case the elite of Britain having a predisposition to violence that is unnecessarily violent, I suggest Germany should write off any owed debt taking in to account that Greece had little wealth from British imperialism and in that sense were innocent.

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  9. On July 22, 1943, a major political strike broke out in Athens against Nazi occupation forces, Over 100,000 protesters took part in the action organized by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and National Liberation Front (EAM). The strike in Athens was brutally suppressed, with German, Italian and Greek collaborationist forces killing at least 22 workers.

    The strike was one in a series of escalating acts of resistance to the Axis occupation. In February and March of 1943, a wave of rolling strikes had been successful in temporarily halting German plans to send Greek workers to forced-labor for the Reich. A senior Italian envoy, General Giuseppe Pieche, noted at the time in a report to Rome: “The Greek situation is continuously worsening. Enemy propaganda … is developing with great intensity, assuming a tone of extreme violence and making itself available in all possible ways.”

    Since the Axis conquest in 1941, Greece had been subject to a reign of terror and plunder. The Germans and the Italians had requisitioned raw materials and foodstuffs as well as anything of value. Such policies would provoke a major famine in the country, killing an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 Greeks throughout the period of occupation. Bulgarian authorities, working with the Nazis, would subject occupied Eastern Macedonia and Western Thrace to a program of “Bulgarization,” expelling hundreds of thousands of Greeks.

    The KKE rapidly grew into a mass movement commanding the allegiance of broad layers of the working class and peasantry.

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