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Re: Don't mention the war
« Reply #25 on: Tuesday, 23 April, 2019 @ 11:51:04 »
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German media: Greek WW2 reparation claims are founded
Three major newspapers call on German authorities to take Greek claims into account

In three major German newspapers: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, and Neues Deutschland the commentators agree that the issue should not be ignored.
http://en.protothema.gr/german-media-greek-ww2-reparation-claims-are-founded/

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Re: Don't mention the war
« Reply #26 on: Wednesday, 05 June, 2019 @ 12:47:05 »
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Greece calls on Germany to negotiate over war reparations

The Greek government says it has asked Germany to enter negotiations regarding Athens' claim for reparations from the two world wars. Germany hasn't been willing to reopen talks, saying the issue was settled long ago.

Greece's ambassador to Germany submitted a formal request on Tuesday for Berlin to enter talks on paying war reparations Athens claims Greece is owed from World War I and World War II, Greece's Foreign Ministry said.
https://www.dw.com/en/greece-calls-on-germany-to-negotiate-over-war-reparations/a-49059996

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Re: Don't mention the war
« Reply #27 on: Saturday, 19 October, 2019 @ 03:45:19 »
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Germany rejects fresh demand for war reparations

Germany on Friday rejected a fresh demand from Greece for hundreds of billions of euros in World War I and II reparations, insisting that a treaty signed 29 years ago had wrapped up all such claims.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/245648/article/ekathimerini/news/germany-rejects-fresh-demand-for-war-reparations

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Re: Don't mention the war
« Reply #28 on: Thursday, 24 December, 2020 @ 14:41:52 »
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Memorial on Nazis’ Overlooked Crimes in Greece Opens in Germany

A German museum has created a new exhibition to highlight the atrocities carried out by the Nazi occupation forces in Greece, which its organizers say are largely overlooked or unknown in Germany.

The outdoor exhibit, entitled “German Crimes in Greece” will last until February, 2021. It has been set up on the railings surrounding the Villa ten Hompel Memorial Museum in the western German city of Münster, which commemorates crimes committed by the police and the administrative authorities during the Nazi era.

The museum says that central events of the Second World War, including occupation, mass shootings, the deportation of Jews, resistance and collaboration, also took place in Greece.

While many Germans are well aware of the atrocities committed by the Nazis in Germany and elsewhere, little is known about the crimes committed in Greece.
https://eu.greekreporter.com/2020/12/24/memorial-on-nazis-overlooked-crimes-in-greece-opens-in-germany/

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Re: Don't mention the war
« Reply #29 on: Monday, 05 April, 2021 @ 19:01:10 »
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Greece makes fresh WWII reparation claims from Germany
Greece has renewed its calls for negotiations with Germany on reparations for damage caused in World War II. "These demands are valid and active," a Greek official said.

The government in Athens has revived its demand for talks with Germany on wartime reparations just ahead of the 80th anniversary of the invasion of Greece by German troops in World War II.

"The question remains open until our demands are met. These demands are valid and active, and they will be asserted by any means," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Alexandros Papaioannou told the German news agency DPA.

Greece last made an official call for negotiations in 2019, under leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. But the government of current conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in January 2020 that Athens still considered the issue an open one, although it had so far refrained from pressuring Berlin on the matter.

The cost of the damage caused by Nazi Germany in Greece during the war has been estimated at €289 billion ($339 billion) by a Greek parliamentary commission. That amount includes a loan that Greece was forced to grant the German central bank.

After invading Greece on April 6, 1941, German armed forces went on to carry out numerous massacres in the country, with tens of thousands of civilians dying during the conflict.
https://www.dw.com/en/greece-makes-fresh-wwii-reparation-claims-from-germany/a-57102886

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Re: Don't mention the war
« Reply #30 on: Friday, 31 December, 2021 @ 02:25:03 »
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Greece: Remembering German war crimes, the Holocaust and the Civil War
A virtual exhibition combines art and history to shed new light on the German occupation of Greece during World War II

Traces of the German occupation between 1941-1944 can be found everywhere in Greece. An estimated half a million people perished, and the large Jewish community of the northern Greek metropolis of Thessaloniki, a city long nicknamed the "Jerusalem of the Balkans," was almost completely wiped out. The trail of destruction left by Hitler's Wehrmacht led to the bloody civil war of 1946-1949, which divides the country ideologically even today.

Here in Germany, very little is known about the suffering Greece had to endure during World War II.
https://www.dw.com/en/greece-remembering-german-war-crimes-the-holocaust-and-the-civil-war/a-60289293

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Re: Don't mention the war
« Reply #31 on: Wednesday, 05 January, 2022 @ 21:47:58 »
From an obituary to a Kefalonian lass:

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XENOS, Helen

She was born on May 21, 1928, in the Village of Angona on the Island of Kefalonia off the west coast of Greece.

On December 28, 1958, she married Nicholas Xenos who was then a US citizen, leaving Greece to immigrate to the United States.

They were always cheerful and happy. They loved to laugh. They rarely talked about the trauma they suffered starting when Helen was 12 and Nicholas was a 23-year-old private in the Greek army. Kefalonia is a gorgeous, picture-perfect island. It was a paradise to young Helen and Nicholas. That ended abruptly on October 28, 1940, when Mussolini's armed forces invaded Greece from Albania which is close to Kefalonia. Total war followed. Nicholas and his fellow soldiers counter-attacked and sent the invaders retreating deep into Albania. This was the first allied victory on European soil in World War II. This victory electrified the world because it proved the Axis Powers were not invincible. The fighting in Albania dragged on all winter. It was the coldest winter in decades. Years later Nicholas remembered the horrible cold and continuous fighting. On the Home Front, Helen's family sent food, warm blankets and anything else they could spare to support the soldiers. Hitler invaded Greece to aid his ally Mussolini which delayed Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union by two months. This led to 4 years of brutal occupation of Greece which lost 10% of its population. Helen and her family suffered hunger. She told of a boy who was shot for stealing a loaf of bread from the occupying army. Helen recalled picking what seemed like the last of field greens for her family to eat. The next morning a miracle would occur. New greens would sprout overnight to provide another day's sustenance for the family. The small Island of Kefalonia was the site of the massacre of 5,000 Italian soldiers of the Acqui Division who refused orders to report to a POW camp when Mussolini was overthrown. Hitler personally ordered them all to be murdered. Helen remembered seeing the hillsides of her beautiful, beloved island covered with dead bodies. The Axis troops retreated at the end of 1944. Further tragedy followed when communists' factions tried to take over Greece. The Greek civil war followed until 1949. The Greek military finally defeated the communists and sent them retreating across the Albanian border with American supplied arms, but no US combat troops.
https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/dayton/name/helen-xenos-obituary?id=32117183

Passed away 30 December, 2021

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Re: Don't mention the war
« Reply #32 on: Sunday, 01 May, 2022 @ 02:31:13 »
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Germany takes Italy to UN court over Nazi-era compensation claims

Germany has filed a case against Italy at the UN's highest court over attempts within Italy to claim compensation for Nazi-era war crimes.

Berlin says it is bringing the complaint now because of two ongoing cases that could see properties in Rome owned by the German state seized to finance compensation payments.

A court in Italy says it will decide by 25 May whether to force the sale of certain buildings, some of which house German cultural, historical, and educational institutions.

The dispute dates back to 2008, when Italy's highest court ruled that Germany should pay around €1m (£840,000) to relatives of nine people who were among 203 killed by German forces in Tuscany in 1944.

Germany argues it has already paid out billions of euros to countries impacted by World War II since the conflict ended in 1945.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-61285285

Implications for Greece?