Greece Orlando Plan

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April 27, 1941: The German army enters the Greek capital, signaling the end of Greek resistance. All mainland Greece and all the Greek Aegean islands except Crete are under German occupation by May 11. In fending off the Axis invaders, the Greeks suffer the loss of 15,700 men. Greece will not be liberated until 1944, by British troops from the Mediterranean theater

April 27, 1941: The German army enters the Greek capital, signaling the end of Greek resistance. All mainland Greece and all the Greek Aegean islands except Crete are under German occupation by May 11. In fending off the Axis invaders, the Greeks suffer the loss of 15,700 men. Greece will not be liberated until 1944, by British troops from the Mediterranean theater

Greece, 1941-1944. Μalnourished child holding ration coupon is about to try some soup from a soup kitchen; under German and Axis occupation Greeks were deprived from all food supplies produced in their country, which were sent to Axis troops waging war at the Eastern Front. Things got worse by Greek-run black market "businessmen". Consequently, death ratio due to famine raised to one of the highest in occupied Europe.

Greece, 1941-1944. Μalnourished child holding ration coupon is about to try some soup from a soup kitchen; under German and Axis occupation Greeks were deprived from all food supplies produced in their country, which were sent to Axis troops waging war at the Eastern Front. Things got worse by Greek-run black market "businessmen". Consequently, death ratio due to famine raised to one of the highest in occupied Europe.

Greek children under the Nazi occupation.

Greek children under the Nazi occupation.

Greek children under the Nazi occupation.

Greek children under the Nazi occupation.

Ragged young Greek children during WWII. Location: Greece Date taken: October 1944

Ragged young Greek children during WWII. Location: Greece Date taken: October 1944

Greece, 1942-1944. Students at an elementary school; a galloping inflation imposed by the German authorities paying for goods on the Greek market with counterfeit money, made an unaffordable luxury the buy of new shows, especially for growing children.

Greece, 1942-1944. Students at an elementary school; a galloping inflation imposed by the German authorities paying for goods on the Greek market with counterfeit money, made an unaffordable luxury the buy of new shows, especially for growing children.

Kalavrita, 1943.  Wives, mothers, daughters and orphans mourn. Wehrmacht Troops executed all 800 of the male population and set the houses on fire.

Kalavrita, 1943. Wives, mothers, daughters and orphans mourn. Wehrmacht Troops executed all 800 of the male population and set the houses on fire.

Greece, 1941-1944. German occupation forces preparing the execution by hanging of a Greek resistant.

Greece, 1941-1944. German occupation forces preparing the execution by hanging of a Greek resistant.

German mountain troops raise the swastika on the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis, Athens, Greece, April 1941. The Parthenon is partially visible behind the flag. The troops wear winter uniforms that do not go well with Greek warm spring weather.

German mountain troops raise the swastika on the Sacred Rock of the Acropolis, Athens, Greece, April 1941. The Parthenon is partially visible behind the flag. The troops wear winter uniforms that do not go well with Greek warm spring weather.

From the photographic series "The Resistance in Epirus,1941-1944," at the Benaki Museum, Photographer Kostas Balafas (Κώστας Μπαλάφας)

From the photographic series "The Resistance in Epirus,1941-1944," at the Benaki Museum, Photographer Kostas Balafas (Κώστας Μπαλάφας)

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