Ανανέωση 21 Νοεμβρίου 2011: ΠΡΟΩΘΗΣΤΕ – ΥΠΟΓΡΑΨΕ. ΠΙΕΖΟΥΜΕ ΤΟΥΣ ΓΕΡΜΑΝΟΥΣ ΠΟΥ ΜΑΣ ΔΙΝΟΥΝ ΤΕΛΕΣΙΓΡΑΦΑ. Μας χρωστάνε (Κατοχικό Δάνειο). Ήρθε η ώρα να τα ζητήσουμε επισήμως. Μόνο 40 χιλιάδες υπογραφές σε 4 μήνες. Θέλουμε ΕΚΑΤΟΜΥΡΙΑ υπογραφές. Προωθήστε.
members and Friends,
the HEC petition for German War Reparations and promote it to your relatives and
On Behalf of HEC EC.
The Hellenic Electronic Centre has initiated a
petition asking Germany to
honour its obligations towards Greece
for the loan Greece
made that was never repaid plus war damages. It is incumbent upon the Greeks of
the Diaspora to raise awareness and mount pressure on this outstanding issue.
It is more than a financial obligation, it is a moral obligation that justice
be done. Our relatives and ancestors who died during WWII fighting for freedom
and family and for us cannot do anything to restore justice. But we, their children
and grandchildren can, so let’s do something about it. Please read and sign the
petition and pass it along to all your friends and contacts to do the same. If
the Jewish people know how to demand and receive what is theirs, so can we
(BTW, although the payment of damages will be hard to
win, our case on the loan is straight forward and easy to win)
The Petition and all information is here:
With fraternal regards,
AHEPA Beaver District 23
October 1940, Greece
was dragged into the Second World War by the invasion of its territory by
Mussolini. To save Mussolini from a humiliating defeat, Hitler invaded Greece
in April 1941.
Greece was looted and devastated by the
Germans as no other country under their occupation. The International Red Cross
has estimated that between 1941 and 1943 at least 300,000 Greeks died from
starvation – the direct result of the plundering of Greece by the Germans. Mussolini
complained to his minister of foreign affairs Count Ciano “The Germans have
taken from the Greeks even their shoelaces”.
Germany and Italy,
in addition to charging Greece
exorbitant sums as occupation expenses, obtained forcibly from Greece
a loan (occupation loan) of $ 3.5 billion. Hitler himself had recognized the
legal character of this loan and had given orders to start the process of its
repayment. After the end of the war, at the Paris Conference of 1946 Greece
was awarded $ 7.1 billion, out of $ 14.0 billion requested, for war
Italy repaid to Greece its share of the occupation loan, Italy and Bulgaria
paid war reparations to Greece,
and Germany paid war
reparations to Poland in
1956 and to former Yugoslavia
in 1971. Greece demanded
payment of the occupation loan in 1945, 1946, 1947, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1974,
1987, and in 1995. However, Germany
is consistently refusing to pay its obligations to Greece arising from the occupation
loan and war reparations. In 1964, German chancellor Erhard pledged repayment
of the loan after the reunification of Germany, which occurred in 1990.
Indicative of the current value of the German obligations to Greece are the following: using as interest rate
the average interest rate of U.S.
Treasury Bonds since 1944, which is about 6%, it is estimated that the current
value of the occupation loan is $163.8 billion and that of the war reparations
is $332 billion.
The French economist and consultant to the French government Jacques Delpla
stated on July 2, 2011, that Germany owes to Greece 575 billion euros from
Second World War obligations (Les Echos, Saturday, July 2, 2011). The German
economic historian Dr. Albrecht Ritschl warned Germany to take a more chaste
approach in the euro crisis of 2008-2011, as it could face renewed and
justified demands for WWII reparations (Der Spiegel, June 21, 2011,
guardian.co.uk, June 21, 2011).
Germans did not just take “even their shoelaces” from the Greeks. During WWII
Greece lost 13% of its population, some of it in battle, but mostly from the
famine and from German war crimes. The Germans, murdered the population of 89
Greek villages and towns, burned to the ground over 1,700 villages and many of
their inhabitants were also executed, they reduced the country to rubble, and
looted its archeological treasures.
We request the German government to honor its long-overdue obligations
by repaying the forcibly obtained occupation loan, and by paying war
reparations proportional to the material damages, atrocities and plundering
committed by the German war machinery.