Athens in Black: A Story of Life in Nazi-Occupied Greece

 
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"I heard their hobnail boots before they ordered me to halt." Thus begins a first-person account of life in German-occupied Greece during World War II. Based largely on the author's experiences, this autobiographical novel depicts the three perils that menaced life in Greece's capital, Athens, and across its cities and villages: starvation, torture, the execution squad.

And in this environment where hunger claimed dignity and life, where torture bled both soul and body, and where death lingered around every corner, a friendship grew like a clearing in a field of thorns ... and a forbidden love blossomed, threatening to be scythed in the chaos that preceded liberation.

Better than in any history book, this novel lifts the black shroud that blanketed Athens for four long years, to reveal the courage, sacrifices, and determination of its people in their struggle to resurrect the Liberty their hearts embrace and their national anthem extols:

I know you by the might of your saber's cutting end,
I know you by your sight that with haste surveys the land.
From the sacred bones descending of my Grecian ancestry,
And with courage never ending, I salute you, Liberty.

The author immigrated to the United States from Greece in 1946, following his World War II service with the Greek and British Armed Forces and with the Special Operations Executive. After receiving his doctorate degree from Harvard, he joined a multinational corporation, retiring as its corporate officer after 34 years of service. He then began his second career as a venture capitalist in biotechnology.

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