Neos Kosmos: Greek survivors voice painful memories of the German occupation

Neos Kosmos: Greek survivors voice painful memories of the German occupation. “When contemporary witnesses speak of their experiences during the WW2 German invasion and occupation of Greece between 1941 and 1944, history comes alive. Before an online video archive of their voices could be made by historians of both countries a lot of persuasion work was needed because the resource was co-funded by the German government.”

Coronavirus: Island isolation over as Greece lets tourists back (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Island isolation over as Greece lets tourists back. “Every morning Michael Ermogenis leaves his house in Oia, Santorini, to walk his dog. The picturesque island’s famous domed churches and sunset views helped draw more than two million overnight visitors last year. For months he has been able to wander the marble paths all day and barely see another person, as the coronavirus pandemic has stopped tourism. But on Monday that is all set to change, as Greece reopens its borders with the aim of kick-starting its tourist season.”

Europeana Pro: Exploring cultural heritage through oral history

Europeana Pro: Exploring cultural heritage through oral history. “Memories of Occupation in Greece is a project supported by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft Foundation and Freie Universität Berlin. The project collected and archived audiovisual testimonies on the German occupation of Greece (1941-44). To this end, a total of 93 interviews were conducted in Greece with witnesses of the period, including members of resistance organisations, hidden children, Jewish Shoah survivors, prisoners of concentration camps, witnesses to retaliation, and other individuals who experienced the painful period in various ways. The interviews were digitised and made accessible in a trilingual web portal and are available for research, educational and training purposes.”

Greek Reporter: First-Ever Collection Of Cyclades Island Music Compiled by Greek Professor

Greek Reporter: First-Ever Collection Of Cyclades Island Music Compiled by Greek Professor. “A Greek professor is compiling an enormous online archive of historic Cycladic Island music, representing the first-ever systematic study of all the songs known to have been played on these Aegean islands.”

Hyperallergic: Explore Ancient Athens Online Through 3D Models, Created by One Animator Over 12 Years

Hyperallergic: Explore Ancient Athens Online Through 3D Models, Created by One Animator Over 12 Years. “Visitors to the site can browse reconstructions that date back as early as 1200 BCE, the Mycenaean period — or Bronze Age — through Classical Athens, featuring the rebuilds made necessary by the Greco-Persian War, and ages of occupation by Romans and Ottomans. Tsalkanis traces the evolution of sites like the Acropolis throughout the ages, the rise and fall of the city walls, the Agora, which served as center of city life, and various temples, libraries, and other fortifications.”

Ekathimerini: Ambitious new project seeks to create first Greek archive of oral history

Ekathimerini: Ambitious new project seeks to create first Greek archive of oral history. “Istorima is a newly established nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a vast archive of Greek oral histories. At the heart of the initiative lies a cross-generational dialogue: 1,500 young researchers under the age of 35 will receive training in oral history methodologies and will then travel across Greece gathering more than 50,000 oral recordings from the country’s elderly population – rescuing their stories from extinction. The recordings will then be curated and compiled in a large archive that will be made accessible to researchers as well as the general public.”

National Library of Greece: Access to millions of electronic items from the National Library

A translated news release FROM NOVEMBER and I missed it — apologies to the National Library of Greece! National Library of Greece: Access to millions of electronic items from the National Library. “These sources consist of e-books and magazines as well as databases . They cover a wide range of fields, such as Archeology, Education, Science, Religion, History, Classical Philology, Social Sciences, Law, Economics, Arts, Psychology, etc., with a particular emphasis on Greek and Humanities in general. Sources also include information material such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and biographies.”

TechCrunch: AI is helping scholars restore ancient Greek texts on stone tablets

TechCrunch: AI is helping scholars restore ancient Greek texts on stone tablets. “Machine learning and AI may be deployed on such grand tasks as finding exoplanets and creating photorealistic people, but the same techniques also have some surprising applications in academia: DeepMind has created an AI system that helps scholars understand and recreate fragmentary ancient Greek texts on broken stone tablets.”

Jewish Heritage Europe: New web site provides open access database to ESJF surveys of 1500 Jewish cemeteries, in project co-funded by the EU

Jewish Heritage Europe: New web site provides open access database to ESJF surveys of 1500 Jewish cemeteries, in project co-funded by the EU. “The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative (ESJF) has inaugurated a new web site dedicated to its ongoing, EU co-funded survey and mapping project of 1,500 Jewish cemeteries in five countries: Greece, Lithuania, Moldova, Slovakia, and Ukraine. The site includes an open access data base including all the cemetery sites being surveyed by ESJF teams in 2019-2020.”

The National Herald: Onassis Foundation Launches Digital Collection of Cavafy Archive Open to All

The National Herald: Onassis Foundation Launches Digital Collection of Cavafy Archive Open to All. “The Onassis Foundation announced on March 28 the launch of the digital collection of the Cavafy Archive – manuscripts of poems as well as prose literary works, studies and notes by the poet, all set alongside his personal archive rich in correspondence, texts and photographs…” To be clear, the “Cavafy” referred to in this article is Greek poet Constantine P. Cavafy.

The Daily Aztec: 3D Greek digital photographic library allows researches to piece together remnants of the past

The Daily Aztec: 3D Greek digital photographic library allows researches to piece together remnants of the past. “In a tech-savvy world, SDSU’s Classics department is adopting more innovative means in which students can take a look at ancient artifacts – without having to travel thousands of miles across the globe. ‘Some of the most important pieces are sherds … there’s one piece in New York, four pieces in Florence, two pieces in Paris in the Louvre,’ Dr. Danielle Bennett, a professor in the Humanities department said. ‘3D design is going to bring them all together in the digital library.'”

Ellines: The first web Atlas of ceramic kilns in Ancient Greece

Ellines: The first web Atlas of ceramic kilns in Ancient Greece. “The Web Atlas of Ceramic Kilns in Ancient Greece is the first of its kind GIS database of kiln sites in Greece. Kiln sites cover almost five millennia, dating from the Prehistoric to Post-Byzantine periods (ca. 3000 BCE-1820 CE). The Web Atlas will help excavators of kiln sites to quickly contextualize them within their chronological, geographical, and typological horizons, as well as other scholars of Greek antiquity to address questions of ceramic production, distribution, and consumption in various eras and regions.”

Pappas Post: Philadelphia Historical Society Preserves City’s Greek Musical Heritage

Pappas Post: Philadelphia Historical Society Preserves City’s Greek Musical Heritage. “In recent years, the Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia has been on a long-term mission, collecting countless photographs and other materials for a digital library to preserve the city’s rich Greek heritage and history. But it is not just any digital library; it is a historical record being put together through public photo submissions that tells the story of more than 100 years of Greek music in Philadelphia.”

New Online Witnesses Video Archive: “Memories of the Occupation in Greece” (Freie Universität Berlin)

Freie Universität Berlin: New Online Witnesses Video Archive: “Memories of the Occupation in Greece”. “A new digital archive with memories of eyewitnesses of the occupation of Greece by National Socialist Germany from1941 to 1944 will be presented on Monday, April 23, 2018, at 3 p.m…. The archive contains 90 biographical video interviews referring to the time of the occupation from 1941 to 1944 as well as the living conditions during the years leading up to the occupation and the diverse effects of the occupation on people’s daily lives. In addition, the archive contains transcripts, photos, documents, and other accompanying material.”

Greek Reporter: Greek Military Building DNA Database to ID Fallen WWII Troops

Greek Reporter: Greek Military Building DNA Database to ID Fallen WWII Troops. “Greece’s military is setting up a DNA database to help identify the remains of Greek WWII soldiers who died and were buried in Albania. The Hellenic National Defence General Staff announced on Wednesday the establishment of the database with samples from living relatives to help the authorities identify sets of remains currently being exhumed in Albania.”