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Date and Time: Thursday, 6th June, 2024 at 18:00h GMT

Online: Access details below

Venue: Room G21, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA


June's Greek Dialogues seminar features Lewis-Gibson Visiting Fellow Prof. Violetta Hionidou (Newcastle University) discussing migration prompted by a period of mass starvation during the Axis occupation of Greece during World War II.

Occupied Greece experienced a deadly famine during WWII. As in most famines, one of the coping mechanisms of the population was migration. The population-movement restrictions imposed by the Occupying forces, reduced the frequency of such movements but did not eliminate them.

This presentation focuses on the internal and transnational movements that Greeks undertook during WWII, while their country was occupied and famished (April 1941 to October 1944). It discusses some of the movements, the decision-making processes of the people that led to the choices they made, and how the ever-evolving food situation further shaped those decisions. The presentation will finish with an appraisal of migration as a famine-coping mechanism.

Online Access Details

Topic: Greek Dialogues - Famine migration in Occupied Greece, 1941-1944
Time: Thursday 6th June, 2024 at 18:00h GMT

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Meeting ID: 822 8112 6669
Passcode: 245432


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Image credits

Near Suez, camp of Moses Wells. Visit to the planned camp for the evacuated children of Greece, 7.06.1942. Source: ICRC, Geneva.

Relief to the Greek islands, 1940-1945. Chios island. After unloading sacks of flour. 1942 Source: ICRC, Geneva, V-P-HIST-03308-04A, ©ICRC ARCHIVES (ARR).

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Thursday, 6 June, 2024 - 18:00
Event location: 
Online and Room G21, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA