Department for Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies
University of Macedonia
The Serbian Heritage of the Great War in Greece
Abstract: During the First World War Serbian soldiers were encamped or fought in different parts of Greece. Many of them died there of diseases or exhaustion or were killed in battle. This paper looks at the issue of cemeteries of and memorials to the dead Serbian soldiers (primarily in the area of Corfu, Thessaloniki and Florina) in the context of post-war relations between Greece and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Yugoslavia), at the attitude of post-Second World War Yugoslavia towards them, and the Serbs’ revived interest in their First World War history. It also takes a look at the image of Serbs in the memory of local people.
Keywords: First World War, Serbia, heritage, Greece, Corfu, Thessaloniki, Aridea, Vidos, Zeitenlik, monuments