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On October 28th, millions around the world will commemorate OXI Day, a day honoring Greece’s courageous resistance during WWII. The Washington OXI Day Foundation lays out the events of this historic date:
The free world watched as one by one countries across Europe surrendered to Hitler’s Axis forces. At 3:00 a.m. on October 28, 1940, a representative of the Axis forces arrived at the Greek prime minister’s residence and demanded Greece’s surrender. The prime minister replied with one single word – Oxi – No.
A few hours later, the Axis forces descended on Greece, expecting that it would quickly fall, but the Greek resistance forced Hitler to change his plans. News of Greece’s victory flooded the radio airwaves and covered the front pages of newspapers around the globe. A grateful world celebrated – no one expected such a small nation to derail the seemingly unstoppable Axis forces.
Leading up to OXI Day, HALC will bring you content highlighting the courage, bravery, and life of Greeks during the war. We’re kicking off our series with 10 iconic images of Greece in WWII. You can email us your suggestions or submit photos of your own at firstname.lastname@example.org.
source: LIFE Magazine
Source: German Federal Archives/Wikipedia
Source: Library of Congress
Source: National Archives
Catch up on the posts in this series: