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Love in the Dark Time of Occupation

Film Screening and Discussion on June 12, 2017, at Freie Universität

№ 151/2017 from Jun 06, 2017

On July 12, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., a documentary film entitled "Briefe aus Athen. Portrait des Vaters zu Zeiten des Krieges" from 2016 will be screened at the Center for Modern Greece. The Greek-German production is set in the period of the German occupation of Greece from 1941 to 1944. It tells the story of a love affair, but also that of the German Institute in Athens, an institution set up during the Nazi period to study German science, art, and culture in Greece. Following the screening there will be a discussion with the director Timon Koulmasis. The event is public, and admission is free.

After the invasion by the German armed forces in Greece, the German Institute (Deutsche Wissenschaftliche Institut Athen, DWI) was opened in Athens in the fall of 1941. In his film Timon Koulmasis tells the story of a love affair during the occupation. It started with the correspondence between his father Peter Coulmas, an assistant at the DWI, and the art student Nelly Andrikopoulou, who later became known as an artist and writer. Koulmasis also portrays the character and role of the founder of the DWI, Rudolf Fahrner, who was one of those involved in the plot to assassinate Hitler on July 20, 1944.

The discussants will be: Stefano Bianca, editor of the estate of Rudolf Fahrner; Modern Greek studies scholar, Evi Grammenou; and film director Regisseur Timon Koulmasis. The discussion will be moderated by the journalist and writer Kostas Kalfopoulos.

Evi Grammenou, a scholar of Modern Greek studies, wrote her master's thesis on the history of the German Institute in Athens: www.cemog.fu-berlin.de/newsletter/newsletter-archiv/cemog-newsletter-09/wissenswert.html

Further Information

Time and Location

  • Monday, June 12, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Seminar Center, Freie Universität Berlin, Room L115, Otto-von-Simson-Straße 26, 14195 Berlin.


Dr. Konstantinos Kosmas, Center for Modern Greece (CeMoG), Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-58073, Email: info@cemog.fu-berlin.de