Konstantinos Koskoletos’ Miseries of Occupation: A Child Survivor Remembers is a fascinating historical account of a grim time during and after World War II in Greece. It is a tale of heroic resistance, cowardly behaviors, and a son’s 70-year quest to vindicate his father’s courage and sacrifice.

It’s a book that rings true, and even the subsequent lawsuits he endured in Greece to suppress his truths reflect how this period of time still haunts and troubles families that were torn apart by the Civil War that followed the terrors of the Nazi’s occupation. As an aside, my grandparents brought over family that had been trapped by World War II and the Civil War. They knew they had fought for one or the other of the factions, but never asked. Many years later, other family members emigrated. At a party, my mother innocently asked their ideological affiliation during and after the war.

Crickets. The silence was deafening and my mother never asked again.

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