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The village of Kallikratis, Sfakia, proclaimed as martyr village

by Erno » 15 Sep 2018, 08:31

The village of Kallikratis, Sfakia, proclaimed as martyr village - 15 September, 2018
Announced on 3 October with Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Greek President


The official proclamation will take place at an event on Wednesday, 3rd October 2018 at 11am at the Memorial of Kallikratis.

The event will be honoured with the presence of the President of the Greek Republic, Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos. The event is under the auspices of the Municipality of Sfakia.

According to a communiqué issued by the Municipality of Sfakia, "if it was possible to give another name to the village of Kallikratis, we could call it the village of the Great, Endless and Battering history".

Kallikratis is a unique case in Greece, perhaps even in the world. It suffered four Holocausts over the years:

* On 26 April, 1770, after the Daskalogiannis Revolution
* On 15 July, 1821, at the outbreak of the Greek Revolution
* On 13 December 1866, the first year of the Great Cretan Revolution
* On 8 and 11 October 1943, by a barbaric occupation of the German army

In Kallikratis, wherever you look, you touch, a stone on the side of the street, a house wall, a branch of a perennial tree, all are dripping blood. The blood of the people slaughtered in the four holocausts, the blood of its people, given generously to its homeland, the dozens of revolutions for freedom, independence and the Union of Crete with Greece. The words revolution - refugee are inseparably linked to the Kallikratians".

Moral justification

In the municipality of Sfakia's announcement it is emphasized that the proclamation of Kallikratis as a martyr village constitutes "moral justification". It is noted that "the participation of the inhabitants in all the revolutions concerning the period of the Venetian and Ottoman domination is historically documented. In the glorious Macedonian struggle, Kallikrates participated with six victims of chieftains. In the Balkan wars of 1912-13, in the First World War, in the Asia Minor campaign, Kallikratis declares present and numbers dozens of dead. In World War II, from 8 to 11 October 1943, one of the most serious crimes of the Third Reich was committed on a pan-European level. A regular army of Nazi Germany with its associates gave a life sentence based on a well organized plan to 31 civilians, including ten women. At the same time, the German occupation army plundered the dwellings, removing agricultural and livestock products, weaving and valuable items. It then burned all the houses, while declaring the area a dead zone. All the days of the disaster, the religious feeling of the inhabitants was defrauded, since men of the regular German and "Christian" army seized the sacred vessels and vestments of the church of the Virgin Mary, corrupted and burned the sacred icons, arrested and tortured the priest of the village, priest Sifis Papadisifos. Kallicrates sank into mourning. Nazi brutality permanently sealed the place and life of those who survived. On 3 October 2018, Kallikratis will be proclaimed a martyr village of the years 1941-1944 and is included in the network of martyr villages in Greece. An moral justification of the timeless struggles and sacrifices of its inhabitants. The state partially redeems its debt."

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