Wednesday, October 21, 2009

All That Grief - Migrant recollections of Greek resistance to fascism 1941-1949

Here's another one - the book "All that Grief - Migrant recollections of Greek resistance to fascism 1941-1949" compiled by Allan & Wendy Scarfe. This was published in 1994 by Hale & Iremonger Pty Limited, Australia.

There are 109 names mentioned in this book - you can view the names along with the Table of Contents at the page for "All that Grief"

Here is the synopsis from the back cover - "All that Grief is a collection of memoirs by 13 Greek resistance fighters now living in Australia. Caught in the Nazi occupation and then the Civil War in Greece, these survivors recount their own experiences and tell how the republican movement was destroyed, in the first conflict of the Cold War, by forces put in place by Britain and the United States.

Of various political persuasions, all the contributors aspired to a democratic Greece and suffered as a result. They tell of cruelty and injustice, of betrayal and torture, of courage, sacrifice and grief: the agony of a nation torn apart by invasion and by civil war.

Few Australians know of the experiences that drove many Greek migrants to leave their homeland. This book provides a rare insight into the dreams and struggles of ordinary people caught up in a cause."

As always - Good luck with your Greek genealogy family research.

Georgia Keilman

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Jewish Resistance in Wartime Greece

The book "Jewish Resistance in Wartime Greece" by Steven Bowman, University of Cincinnati. was published in 2006 by Vallentine Mitchell, London - Portland, Oregon.

I am hoping that some of you can find this book helpful, it is full of stories and there are 876 names mentioned in the book - too many to post here, but you can view them on my website at on the page covering the "Jewish Resistance in Wartime Greece"

The Vallentine Mitchell Publishers website gives the following synopsis - "This is the first systematic study of the Jews in the Greek resistance based on archival research and personal interviews. It covers Jews in various aspects of resistance in Greece and other concentration camps. The book is a contribution to the overall story of Greek resistance against the Nazi occupiers and provides hitherto unknown stories of their contributions to that fight. Based on interviews and archival research Bowman has assembled a preliminary list of over 650 individuals who fought or served with the Greek Resistance forces. These include andartes and andartissas, interpreters, recruiters, doctors, spies, nurses, organizers, and a number of non Greek Jews who volunteered or were trapped in Greece during the war years. While the murder of nearly 90% of Greek Jews by the Nazis has begun to enter the holocaust story, the participation of Greek Jews in the war against the Nazis is virtually unknown Greek Jews actively fought in the war against the Italian and German invaders. Veterans and young Jewish males and females went to the mountains to fight or serve in various ways in the andartiko among the several Greek Resistance movements. Other Jews remained in urban areas where they joined different Resistance cells whether as active saboteurs or in leadership roles. A number of Jews appear on the payrolls of Force 133. Additionally Greek Jews participated in the Sonderkommando revolt in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in October 1944 while others fought in the Warsaw revolt from August to October 1944."

Good luck with your Greek genealogy family research.