A German Wehrmacht soldier shows a Greek Eastern Orthodox monk a Greek-language copy of the Wehrmacht published Signal magazine atop of Mount Athos. Signal was a modern, glossy, illustrated photo journal and army propaganda tool, meant specifically for audiences in neutral, allied, and occupied countries. Mount Athos and the entire peninsula is exclusively home to 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries under the direct jurisdiction of the patriarch of Constantinople. Following the German invasion and occupation of Greece in April 1941, the Epistassia, Athos’s four-member executive committee, formally asked Hitler to place the Autonomous Monastic State under his personal protection, a request with which the Führer gladly complied. In gratitude for his protection, the monks displayed and revered Hitler images, including a portrait that hung directly in the center of a wall of paintings in the great reception room of St. Panteleimon monastery. Mount Athos, Athonite monastic state, Greece. July 1943.