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Children of the Greek Civil War: Refugees and the Politics of Memory

Loring M. Danforth and Riki Van Boeschoten


At the height of the Greek Civil War in 1948, thirty-eight thousand children were evacuated from their homes in the mountains of northern Greece. The Greek Communist Party relocated half of them to orphanages in Eastern Europe, while their adversaries in the national government placed the rest in children’s homes elsewhere in Greece. A point of contention during the Cold War, this controversial episode continues to fuel tensions between Greeks and Macedonians and within Greek society itself. The authors present here a comprehensive study of the two evacuation programs and the lives of the chil ... More

Keywords: Greek Civil War, northern Greece, Greek Communist Party, orphanages, Eastern Europe, children’s homes, Cold War, Macedonians, Greek society, evacuation programs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226135984
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226136004.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Loring M. Danforth, author

Riki Van Boeschoten, author