Greeks in the Nazi hierarchy

There were Greeks or Greek-origined Germans within the ranks of the German Nazi political system and in the military.

Politically the most notorious one was Rudolf Hess. Hess was partially Greek since his mother was Greek; Hess was born in Alexandria, Egypt, where there has traditionally been a vibrant and rich Greek community. Rudolf Hess’ second surname was Georgiadis.

Among the military, the most famous was Wilhelm Kanaris. Kanaris became head of the Abwehr on January 1, 1935, and led it throughout World War II. He was partially Greek because he was grandson of the Greek Admiral, freedom fighter and former prime minister in Greece Constantine Kanaris.

Sevastianos Foulidis was also a hyerarch within the Wehrmacht. He was Hitler’s main spy in Greece. He was vital in providing Germans with information about war in the Southern-Balkan flank. Foulidis was officially a mayor in the German Army.

Greeks in the Nazi hierarchy