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New Documentary About Greek Heroism in World War II

June 26 2009 at 5:02 AM
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New Documentary About Greek Heroism in World War II

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Award-winning writer N.J. Slabbert, who recently co-authored the acclaimed book Innovation: The Key To Prosperity with famed industrialist Aris Melissaratos, has now turned his talents to the subject of Greeces unrecognized acts of heroism in World War Two. He is producing a film on the subject, as well as a related book.

Mr. Slabbert, a former senior editor at Readers Digest, said in a press statement: The Greek role in WWII has been seriously underplayed in popular culture and mainstream history. Many remarkable facts about Greek involvement in both world wars, and the events that led up to those wars and critically shaped them, remain unknown to most people. This groundbreaking film and book are intended to correct that situation. They will help to change the way Greece is perceived in 20th-century history and to ignite a renewed era of Greek pride.

Mr. Slabbert says top-notch Hollywood talent will be involved in making the film. It will be international in scope and will feature on-screen interviews with prominent Greeks in many walks of life as well as with little-known Hellenic elders who have valuable memories of vanishing generations.

There is a great time pressure to get this film done while these elderly witnesses are well enough to share priceless memories, Mr. Slabbert said.

The Greeks won the first WWII battle and beat the enemy decisively, showing that the Axis powers were not invincible. One of the biggest accomplishments that played a key role for winning the war was that they delayed the Axis forces and the German attack on Russia took place much closer to the winter, when the extreme cold proved fatal to the German attacking forces. Greece had also lost about 10% of its population as a result of WWII.

Mr. Slabbert says his film about Greeks in WWII was inspired by his work on INNOVATION. If you write about the development of science and invention, you cannot avoid dealing with the Hellenic spirit. Greek references popped up repeatedly in the extensive research that went into INNOVATION. It was thus a logical step to go from the story of invention to the story of Greece in modern times. And this story means telling the truth about Greeces heroic, unsung and pivotal role in WWII.

Mr. Slabbert added that because WWII is in many ways the defining event of the 20th century, telling the real story of Greeces role in it will open the door to a better public understanding of the entire Greek presence in modern history.

http://hollywood.greekreporter.com/2009/06/19/new-documentary-about-greek-heroism-in-world-war-ii/




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June 26 2009, 5:05 AM 

Historical justice forces me to admit that among all the enemies who stand against us, the Greek soldier above all, fought with the most courage. He surrendered himself only when the continuation of resistance was not possible any longer, and when he had no reason not to... However, he fought so bravely, that even his enemies can not deny their respect for him... Thus, the Greek prisoners of war were released immediately, having in mind the heroic stance of these soldiers.

Adolph Hitler, Reichstag, 4 May 1941


I forbid the Press to underestimate the Greeks, to defame them... The F├╝hrer admires the bravery of Greeks.

Joseph Goebbels in his diary, 9 April 1941


Our country, in which virtue is especially honoured, watches with admiration the struggle of the Greeks in Albania. We are so much touched, that, by letting aside every other feeling, we shout: LONG LIVE HELLAS!.

Mainichi Shimbun, Japanese newspaper, 7 December 1940


The Russian people will always be grateful to the Greeks for delaying the German army long enough for winter to set in, thereby giving us the precious time we needed to prepare. We will never forget.

Joseph Stalin, in an open letter read frequently on Radio Moscow during the war


The brave struggle of the people of this relatively small nation, for the right to live without interventions by dictatoric states, calls forth the respect and admiration of all the nations who love freedom.

United States Congress, 3 April 1941


Hence we will not say that Greeks fight like heroes, but that heroes fight like Greeks.

Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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July 5 2009, 4:01 PM 

About time. Here are some interesting pics of the era.


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Life in the front

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Life magazine at December 1940 praising the Greek army's victories

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Greek comic of the era

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July 19 2009, 1:11 AM 

The Russian people will always be grateful to the Greeks for delaying the German army long enough for winter to set in, thereby giving us the precious time we needed to prepare. We will never forget.

Joseph Stalin, in an open letter read frequently on Radio Moscow during the war.



Not really. PanTurkist organizations and nationalists in Turkey had deployed forces to Caucassian border. Thereupon Soviet army had deployed 350,000 soldiers and 1,000 battle tanks to Turkish border. When it was confirmed that Turkey was not going to attack USSR, Soviet army had taken it's forces back to Stalingrad fronts.

I am sorry but the truth is not as sweet as the emotional quotations. happy.gif

 
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