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THE HOLOCAUST AND THE STORY OF GREEK JEWS IN PUBLISHING Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 June 2015 08:37

For generations, the story of the Greek Jews during the Holocaust was never told, but more recently willing publishers have tackled this important task.

By Evangelia Avloniti

If Holocaust memory made it into the Western cultural mainstream in the early 1980’s, in Greece it had to wait until the early to mid-90s in order to pass the threshold into historiography and mainstream publishing. According to Greek historian, Odette Varon-Vassard, one has to view this ten to fifteen year delay within the context of Greek post-war history and its particularities. “The memory of the Nazi occupation in Greece, the Resistance and the Greek civil-war remained virtually silent from the mid-1940s until the end of the military dictatorship (1967-1974),” she says. “It is only from 1974 onwards that a profusion of memoirs on the Resistance and the civil-war are published. The Greek civil-war entered academic discourse as late as 1995, whereas Greek collaborationism began to be researched and openly discussed only in 2000. The story of the Greek Jews was in a sense the fourth silence to be broken, as Greece had to deal with its deepest wounds first.”

Samis Graviilides, publisher at Gavriilides Publications, agrees and adds: “One has to see the story of the Greek Jews within the context and course of Greek history of which it forms an inextricable part.”

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