The position of women in Greece as other countries, changed significantly as a result of WW2. The absence of men forced women to leave their homes and seek work and learn how to survive under many hardships. In Greece the situation for women deteriorated even further with the arrival of occupying forces. The first units of the Wehrmacht entered Athens on 27 April 1941 and were followed by the Italian forces. Athens remained occupied until October 1944. The resulting Allied blockage caused life to become unbearable for the majority of the civilians, among them many women peaking in the winter of 1941-42 when a significant number of people died due to famine. Women who had been working as prostitutes before the war, continued working with the occupied forces. Many women saw it as an opportunity to make money. Alongside the prostitutes, women, even those from good families, who could not survive with the money they were earning from their jobs or women who had no other source of income for themselves and for their families sold their bodies to the enemy. The present paper will explore the resistance (illegal) press’s attitude towards the women who were sexually involved with the enemy, at a time that the resistance was getting stronger and stronger. The resistance press initially handwritten and later in mimeograph aimed to inform people about the successes of the resistance and to raise the morale. It also stigmatised traitorous behaviour. The paper will focus on articles which were published in the resistance press which stigmatised women who had any type of involvement with the enemy against the interests of their country.
Georgia Eglezou, Panteion University, Greece