World War II in Europe: Every Day

The following video presents the changes in Europe and North Africa after the German invasion in Poland on September of 1939 until the end of the World War II. In a seven minutes video is depicted each day of the World War II, a crucial moment of European and world history.

Colours:

  • Maroon: Axis Power members, their dependencies/colonies, and annexed lands.
  • Burgundy: Areas militarily occupied by the Axis Powers.
  • Red: Axis puppet states.
  • Pink: Axis gains during that day.
  • Blue: Allied powers and areas occupied by the allies.
  • Light blue: Allied gains for that day.
  • Purple colors (left to right): Finland, occupied by Finland, and Finnish gains that day.
  • Dark Green: The USSR before it joined the allies and annexed lands.
  • Green: Areas militarily occupied by the USSR before it joined the allies.
  • Light Green: Soviet gains for that day.

Source: “Open culture: The best free cultural & educational media on the web”.

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28 October 1940

28 October 1940, the Greek people said NO to the fascism, to the nationalism, to the Nazism and to the anti-Semitic. The Greek soldiers in the mountains, the women, the children and the old people involved to the struggle against Hitler. Each one had its one unique contribution, the soldiers to the battle, the women knitting socks or repairing clothes. Some of the women and the old men were providing shelter and food to the Jewish people, to Greek soldiers and to people who were declared as “wanted”.

In the educational system and the media it is not promoted the anti-Nazis struggle of that generation but the nationalism. It is controversial because the struggle of those people was for a better future without fascism. Nobody has ever spotted the aspect of solidarity. As a result, most of the people have never realized the key role of the Greek Resistance in the anti-fascist struggle.

When I was a primary and secondary school student I have never heart mentioning the names of Manolis Glezos and
Apostolos Santas who climbed to Acrobolis and hauled down the German Nazis flag . Their action was an inspiration of all the people who were under the Nazism.

Nowadays, for the employees is an occasion for a “day off” and for the students is a day that “they don’t have to go to school”. I think that people should be aware of the anti-fascist struggles in order to avoid the raise of another destroying kind of nationalism.