On this Day May 30, 1941: Two Greek University Students Take Down Nazi Flag from the Acropolis


A month earlier on April 27, 1941 the invading Nazi army had victoriously entered the city of Athens and raised the Nazi swastika high above the city on the Acropolis.

The sight to Greeks— the symbol of fascism and occupation flying above the sacred rock of the Parthenon— was unbearable.

On May 30, 1941, two university students named Manolis Glezos and Apostolos Santas climbed on the Acropolis and tore down the swastika.

The news spread like wildfire in Nazi-occupied Athens and throughout Greece and inspired the resistance to continue fighting against the German occupation.


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