Escaping the War Horror. “Tourist” Photographs of Thessaloniki under the German Occupation (1941-1944)

  • Byron Metos is a Greek collector based in Thessaloniki, whose interest focuses on war photography and more specifically on the photography of the two World Wars in Greece. Part of his collection is titled Balkan und Griechenland (Balkans and Greece) and comprises photographs taken mostly by German soldiers and officers, though also including those by itinerant photographers, during the years of the Nazi Occupation in the Balkans, which have originated from photo albums of German soldiers. During the postwar era, these were acquired by an officer who had served in Greece as a member of the Health Service of the German army. Many years after the War, he decided to trace his own route through the war by adding the photographs of his fellow soldiers to his own photographic souvenirs. After his death, the collection passed to his daughter, who, a year later, sold the section relating to Greece, namely almost three thousand (3,000) photographs, to Byron Metos. The focus of the present paper will be on photos of the “tourist destination” Thessaloniki.

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Author:Iro Katsaridou, Ioannis Motsianos
Publisher:ZZF - Centre for Contemporary History: Visual History
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Online Publication
Date of first Publication:2022/06/07
Release Date:2022/06/29
ZZF Chronological-Classification:20. Jahrhundert
ZZF Topic-Classification:Nationalsozialismus
ZZF Regional-Classification:Europa / Südeuropa / Griechenland
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)