Thursday, March 12, 2015

70 years after Nazi massacres, Greece threatens to seize German assets

A Greek newspaper cutting reporting on the massacre at 
the Museum for the Victims of Nazism in Distomo
Picture: D Legakis Photography/Athena

Brutal reprisal attacks committed by the occupying [German] forces were common, and experts now say that as many as 300,000 Greeks starved to death during the period. The case Paraskevopoulos specifically refers to is notably horrific: In 1944, Nazi troops went door to door killing families in the village of Distomo in retaliation for a partisan attack. Hundreds were killed. According to survivors, even babies and pregnant women were not spared.

Almost half a century later, relatives of victims made a legal claim for compensation, but the German government rejected it in 2003. Under a 2000 decision by a Greek court, the government could seize €28 million ($29 million) worth of German government assets in the country, but it would require the justice minister's approval. Justice ministers before Paraskevopoulos have refused to sign the ruling, fearing the political repercussions.

Complete article @ Washington Post.

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