On June 10, 1944, one of the most brutal events in all of World War II took place in the tiny Greek village of Distomo, on the Greek mainland. According to survivor testimony, Nazi SS troops went door to door and massacred 218 Greek civilians.
Survivors said that the Nazis bayoneted babies in their cribs and stabbed pregnant women and beheaded the village priest. It was a two-hour killing spree ordered by the Germans in retaliation for rebel activity in the area.
Mark Mazower’s book “Inside Hitler’s Greece” carried extensive testimony and first hand accounts from the massacre and is one of the best contemporary re-tellings of the massacre.