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Photos of the week: 70 years since the end of German occupation in Athens

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Seventy years ago today the German occupation forces left Athens, rushing northwards, in order to avoid being cut off by the advancing allied armies.

A German soldier leaves the Acropolis, after taking down the German flag for the last time.

A German soldier leaves the Acropolis, after taking down the German flag for the last time.

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The Athenians flooded the streets in a frenzied celebration, not surprisingly, after one of the harshest occupation regimes in all of Europe:

Athenians celebrating the end of the German occupation, October 1944.

Athenians celebrating the end of the German occupation, October 1944.

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In a rare photo, the flags of all the allies can be seen together. Soon, the start of the civil war in Greece and the cold war everywhere else, would put an end to such displays:

Athenians of all stripes celebrating their liberation at Syntagma square, Athens.

Athenians of all stripes celebrating their liberation at Syntagma square, Athens.

Today, the city is celebrating the anniversary with a series of events, among which a city race and a guided tour around landmarks of the occupation. Visitors to Athens may catch part of the ceremonies on the Acropolis (raising of the flag) or at the monument of the unknown soldier (laying of wreaths).

The photos, of course, are not mine. Sources: 1, 2, 3.

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