Page 218. " Outrages? What outrages? "
by hector

There has been considerable controversy over the portrayal of ELAS in this book.   Many Greeks have argued that de Bernieres’ description of the communist partisans is inaccurate and unbalanced.  

 

the main Greek resistance organisation, ELAS - which, according to the German Army's own records, killed more than 8000 German soldiers in little over a year, tied down tens of thousands more and controlled four-fifths of the country when Hitler withdrew - is depicted as a gang of torturers, ignorant demagogues and cowards...

..."the picture de Bernières paints of the Greek partisans is unacceptable and completely wrong. To speak of the Greeks as barbarians, who killed for the sake of killing, is not only wrong and unjust, it is pandering to racism"...

- The Guardian, 2000         The Full Article