“Greece will not stop demanding the payment of German war reparations,” Foreign Minister Nikos Denias said on Tuesday on the occasion of the anniversary of the Massacre of Kalavryta.
In a post on Twitter, Dendias said:
“Today we honor the victims of the Massacre of Kalavryta by German occupation forces, on 13/12/1943.
The execution of hundreds of civilians and the complete destruction of the historic city will never be forgotten. Greece will never cease Greece will never cease to claim the payment of German war reparations as a minimum compensation for the suffering our country endured during World War II.”
Greece will never cease to claim the payment of German war reparations as a minimum compensation for the suffering our country endured during World War II. (2/2)
— Nikos Dendias (@NikosDendias) December 13, 2022
What is interesting is that while PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis refrains from make WWII reparations claims, the Foreign Minister keeps bringing up the issue on and off as in last summer to his German counterpart.
Attempts by previous governments to claim the WWII reparations> were rejected by German governments.
The Massacre of Kalavryta
With 693 executed men, women and children the Massacre of Kalavryta is the bloodiest by the Nazis in Greece and is also known as the Holocaust of Kalavryta.
It was carried out by the German Army’s 117th Jäger Division.
On December 13th, 1943, the German Nazi troops executed the whole male population of Kalavryta, children, and women and burned the entire town.
More pictures: Kalavryta Municipality Museum