Open Online Seminar: Famine and Death in Occupied Greece

Violetta Hionidou, Professor of Modern European History at Newcastle University, UK

Violetta Hionidou, Professor of Modern European History at Newcastle University, UK

Violetta Hionidou, Professor of Modern European History at Newcastle University, UK, will present an online lecture entitled 'Famine and Death in Occupied Greece', on Thursday 8 October, as part of the Greek History and Culture Seminars, offered by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

Occupied Greece experienced a significant, deadly famine. Though the worst of mortality was experienced in the winter of 1941-2, extreme hunger was prevalent in many parts of the country until the end of the occupation in the autumn of 1944.

This presentation will explore the reasons the famine occurred, the spatial and temporal variations of the famine but also the coping mechanisms that the population devised in order to survive.

Violetta Hionidou is professor of Modern European History at Newcastle University, UK. Her work is focused on Modern Greece. She has researched and published on Family History, Famines, Pontic Greeks, Historical Demography, and Reproduction, usually combining quantitative and qualitative methods. She has published widely in academic journals and edited collections.

Her monographs include Famine and Death in Occupied Greece, 1941-44 (co-winner of the 2007 Edmund Keely book award); H κατοχική πείνα μέσα από προφορικές μαρτυρίες. Η περίπτωση της Χίου, της Σύρου και της Μυκόνου (The Greek Famine of the 1940s through Oral Histories. The cases of Hios, Syros and Mykonos) (Athens: Patakis publishers, 2020); and, Abortion and Contraception in Modern Greece, 1830-1967. Medicine, Sexuality, and Popular Culture (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

Professor Violetta Hionidou has recently created a searchable database of Greek individuals and families that enables people of Greek descendancy to search for their ancestors. The database is situated within the Greek Family History website which offers comprehensive guidance to anyone who would like to pursue their family History.


Audiences can enjoy the seminar in two ways:

  • If you want to actively participate and ask questions at the end of the seminar you will need to join us through a Zoom Webinar - for which you'll need to pre-register by following the link here.
  • If you prefer to sit back and enjoy the show, just join us through our Facebook page or our YouTube page where we'll be live streaming the event.

When: Thursday 8 October 2020 @ 7.00pm

Language of Presentation: English | No knowledge of Greek required.