University Seminar in Modern Greek

Walking through History: Tracing Resistance and the Great Famine in Athens

University Seminar in Modern Greek

Walking through History: Tracing Resistance and the Great Famine in Athens

With Menelaos Charalambidis

15 █ 04 █ 2021
12 █ 00 - 13 █ 30

The first winter of the German and Italian occupation of Greece (1941-1942) saw a famine that cost the lives of at least 45,000 people in Athens and Piraeus. Although the word “hunger” is etched on Greek collective memory of the Second World War, there are no commemorative traces in the urban landscape marking this traumatic experience. The particular circumstances that led to the famine and its connection to the growth of the resistance movement are also not widely known. How might we cultivate public awareness of the realities of this troubling period in Greek history? In this seminar historian Menelaos Charalambidis draws on his experience leading walking tours in Athens since 2013 to consider effective ways to communicate expert knowledge on the famine, urban resistance, and collaboration with the occupiers to a lay audience.

Co-organized with the University Seminar in Modern Greek.

Seminar link: https://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/j/99172292221

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