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AHIF's NEW PUBLICATION: Greece's Pivotal Role In World War II And Its Importance To The U.S. Today
November 7, 2001 No. 53/01 (202) 785-8430

Greece's Pivotal Role In World War II And Its Importance To The U.S. Today

The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) is pleased to announce the release of its new publication Greece's Pivotal Role in World War II and Its Importance to the U.S. Today. Editor, Eugene T. Rossides, President of AHIF, wrote in the Preface:

“This volume is designed to illuminate Greece’s efforts in World War II and to set forth the reasons for Greece's importance to the U.S. today. It is my hope that this volume will stimulate much additional scholarship on Greece’s historic role in World War II and in the 20th Century as well as Greece’s importance to the U.S. in the new millennium.”

In his Introduction, General Andrew J. Goodpaster, USA (Ret.), former Supreme Commander of NATO wrote:

“As the years pass, it becomes more and more necessary to recall and record for new generations just how the people of Greece, alone or with allies, gained and held for their country for a century and more the independence and democracy it possesses today—and how in one special moment in history Greece at heavy cost and sacrifice and with great courage and determination played a pivotal role in World War II in defying the forces of tyranny and Axis aggression that were arrayed against not only Greece but the whole of Western civilization. It is an inspiring story.”

This important volume captures in fourteen essays Greece’s pivotal role in World War II. These essays include:

  • “Mussolini’s Parallel War: Italy Attacks Greece, October 1940” by James E. Miller, professor in the Department of History, John Hopkins University, Washington, DC. He is chair of Italy and Greece-Cyprus Area Studies courses at the Foreign Service Institute

  • “The Greek Decision to Resist the Axis Invasion, 1940-41” by Constantinos Svolopoulos, professor in the Department of History at the University of Athens, Greece;

  • “Dead-End Diplomacy: Greece and the Balkan State s in the Path of War” by S. Victor Papacosma, professor of history at Kent State University and director of the Lemnitzer Center for NATO and European Community Studies;

  • “The Greek-Italian War: The View from the U.S. Embassy in Athens”by John O. Iatrides, Ph.D., professor of international politics at Southern Connecticut State University;

  • “Greek Wartime Actions: From the Albanian War to the Battle of Crete and The National Resistance” by Andre Gerolymatos, associate professor, Department of History, Simon Fraser University (SF U), Vancouver, British Columbia;

  • “Elements of Confusion: Britain and Greece, 1940 -1941” by Robin Higham, professor of history at Kansas State Univer sity;

  • “The Role of the Greek Merchant Marine in World War II” by Matheos D. Los, secretary general, Union of Greek Shipowners;

  • “The Costs to Greece of World War II and the Post-War American Reconstruction Program: Eight Voices” by James C. Warren, Jr., advisor to U.S. firms doing business in Greece. He also served as chief of the Import Program Office of the Marshall Plan Mission to Greece for more than four years;

  • “The Rescue of the Jews in Volos” by Dr. Yolanda Avram Willis, lecturer and writer whose work focuses predominantly on the Jewish Holocaust.;

  • “Operation Blockade: Greek-American Humanitarianism During World War II” by Alexandros K. Kyrou, assistant professor of history and director of East European and Russian Studies at Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts;

  • “The Role of Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean” by Gregorios Demestichas, Ret., former chief of the Hellenic Navy, chairman of the Hellenic Institute of Strategic Studies;

  • “Greek-American Relations From the Early Cold War to the Present: An Overview” by Athanassios G. Platias, associate professor of strategic studies at Panteion University of Social and Politic al Sciences in Athens. He is also head of research at the Institute of International Relations, Athens;

  • “The Military and Geostrategic Dimensions of the Truman Doctrine”by Lt. Gen. Photios Metallinos, Ret., special analyst in international relations, Hellenic Institute of Strategic Studies;

  • “The Importance of Greece to the U.S.8BPast and Present” by Eugene T. Rossides, retired senior partner in the international law firm of Clifford Chance Rogers and Wells. He is the founder of the American Hellenic Institute, the AHI Foundation and a member of the board of directors of the Eisenhower Institute.

The American Hellenic Institute Foundation, Inc., established in 1975, is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit tax-exempt educational and research organization. It is the first “think tank” devoted exclusively to the study of issues regarding the Greek American community and U.S. relations with Greece and Cyprus. AHIF conducts a program of research, publications, conferences, seminars and lectures, and maintains a library and an information center. Current publications include: Modern Greeks (1997) by Costas Stassinopoulos; Doing Business in Greece (1996) a two volume loose-leaf reference service; Handbook on United States Relations with Greece and Cyprus (2000) a loose-leaf reference service; and the American Hellenic Who's Who, 1994-95 (5th ed.).

Greece's Pivotal Role in World War II and Its Importance to the U.S. Todayis in soft cover, 220 pages, includes 12 photos and sells for $20 plus $3 for postage and handling. It can be ordered from the AHIF:

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