Greek Economic Crisis and Memory Revival of World War II

By Kyriaki Frantzi.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies

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The economic crisis in Greece and its consequent association with a German dominance in Europe have brought to the fore long-forgotten memories of World War II in the country, both in political discourse and the collective consciousness from 2009 onwards. Emotionally charged references to a war atmosphere after the imposition of the early austerity measures at the outburst of the crisis have turned into compensation demands towards Germany five years later. Drawing from diverse both media and scholarly sources, this research aims to look into specific cases in which the vocabulary of the current adversity draws parallels with German occupation experiences. Furthermore, it investigates both the background of the individuals and social groups by which these associations are expressed and the extent to which revival of the past raises awareness, triggers action, or causes apathy. Overall, the article addresses the broader issue of the unprocessed grief of two wars being recycled under circumstances of collective distress in contemporary Greek society.

Keywords: Economic Crisis, Collective Memory, WWII, Contemporary Greek Society

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2015, pp.9-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 411.827KB).

Dr. Kyriaki Frantzi

Lecturer, Greek Studies, Greek Ministry of Education, Athens, Attica, Greece