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

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

By Mark Mazower
Yale University Press, 1993
437 pp. $30.00

A superb book on the horrors afflicting wartime Greece, from German terror to the suffering of famine-stricken people, to the destruction of Greek Jewry, to an account of Greek resistance and the ensuing civil war. A young English historian has done vast archival research and emerged with a gripping, readable and human account, setting every moment of a tragic period in appropriate context. He emphasizes Italian resistance to German efforts at murdering Jews, while insisting that the Wehrmacht and even the German Foreign Office were complicit with S.S. brutality. Richly illustrated and made more valuable by judgments explicitly relevant to the history of World War II: The aims of the German terror system throughout occupied Europe were more far-reaching than punishing offenders . . . [they were] to extinguish the will and the imagination of the subject population.

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