Greek President commemorates 76th anniversary of Athens’ liberation from Nazis


On Monday, Greek President, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, attended the ceremonial raising of the Greek flag on the Acropolis in honor of the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Athens from the Nazis on October 12, 1944.

RELATED: On This Day: The end of the German occupation in Athens.

President Sakellaropoulou also visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside of the Greek Parliament building.

President Sakellaropoulou laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside of the Greek Parliament building. Credit: President GR / Twitter.

In her speech, Sakellaropoulou made reference to the recent trials of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, which ruled that the fascist group had indeed been a criminal organisation fronting as a political party.

READ MORE: ‘Democracy has won’: Golden Dawn guilty verdict celebrated across Greece.

She strongly denounced the criminal organisation and its ideology, while honoring those who fought for freedom so long ago.

“On this day, 76 years ago, Athens was liberated from the Nazi yoke. It was a day of national exaltation, of collective joy and returning hope. A day that justified the struggle and the sacrifices of the Greek people during the years of the German Occupation,” the President said.

“We bow with respect to the memory of those who fought for freedom, with the hope that we will never see again in our homeland, in the country that gave birth to democracy, those who are nostalgic for ideologies that steeped the world in blood, or those who express the ideas of, and support, Nazism and fascism.”




By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.


Latest News

Mykonos shop owner reflects on Australia, Greece and crystals

Greek Australian, Apostolos Triantafyllou, 56, has been living in Mykonos for over 30 years now, and running his jewellery store 'Amethyst'.

Niki Louca shares her recipe for chicken pie with mushrooms

Niki Louca from My Greek Kitchen shares her favourite recipe for kotopita with manitaria (chicken pie with mushrooms) with The Greek Herald.

Dr Trakakis to give lecture in Melbourne on the late poet Tasos Leivaditis

Dr Nick Trakakis will give a seminar on Thursday, May 30 at the Greek Centre in Melbourne on the late poet Tasos Leivaditis.

Greek Australian artist VASSY receives Billions List award

Greek Australian-bred, singer, songwriter and dance music producer VASSY, has been honoured with the Billions List Award by APRA AMCOS.

Themis Chryssidis to reinvent his acclaimed Adelaide restaurant

Themis Chryssidis is transforming his acclaimed city restaurant, eleven, with a new menu and more affordable prices.

You May Also Like

Thessaloniki becomes first Greek city to be named UNESCO City of Gastronomy

Thessaloniki mayor Konstantinos Zervas and Deputy Tourism Minister say the “seal of approval” will boost tourism in the city.

Remembering Greek author and actress Georges Sari

Georges Sarri is considered one of the most important children's book authors in Greece of all time.

Greece wildfires: What Australian travellers need to know

Australian government service, Smart Traveller, warn Australians of possible travel disruptions in areas affected by wildfires in Greece.