“With fire and knife the world always goes forth” – Interview with respected author Byron Tesapsides

Interviews, WW2, WW2 in Greece, WW2 Wrecks

By Pierre Kosmidis

Photos submitted by Byron Tesapsides

Byron in Nafplio

Few researchers focusing on World War 2 in Greece are so knowledgeable as Mr. Byron Tesapsides, from Thessaloniki, is.

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Mr. Tesapsides, a prolific author of books related to WW2 in Greece and collector of thousands of rare and previously unpublished photos documenting the nazi occupation of Greece from 1941 to 1944, shared some of his thoughts with www.ww2wrecks.com   

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Mr. Tesapsides has authored several books, which shed light to the German forces in Greece, as well as the Allied submarine operations in the Aegean, topics that are hotly debated even to this day.

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What inspired you to author your books and what is your goal?

When I was studying in Germany in the 1960s, I met veteran soldiers who had served in Greece. Among them, my landlord who spent two years with the Luftwaffe in the city of  Larissa. Their narratives incited my interest to research the occupation of Greece from 1941 to 1944.

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How important is it to research history through the archives and previously unpublished sources?

Research is a journey in itself, once you start looking for answers, you never stop searching. But then you realize that a lifetime’s effort is not enough to reach the end of the journey.

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Which is the main question you came up  with from your research?

What has caused me a great deal of concern is the question of how an educated people like the Germans are, allowed a man like Hitler and his gang to turn them into the most inhuman robots history has ever known. Their education made them worse instead of improving them.

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What is the biggest lesson you have learned from your research over the years?

Greek composer Manos Hatzidakis wrote a song called “Kemal” . With fire and knife, the world always goes forth”. I think this is a lesson I learned.

YOU MAY CONTACT THE AUTHOR MR. BYRON TESAPSIDES VIA E-MAIL

tesapsides [at] gmail.com