Witnesses of the 2nd world war WWII in Greece - Page 24

Tsaritsani (Village near Elassona) Description As soon as the Italian soldiers got to the fist house of Tsaritsani, Antonio Valli ordered “fuoco”, that is “fire”. After that, women and children were ordered to go to Elassona and not come back. Then they sent ten men away (teachers and old men) and ordered the rest to stand in front of the wall of the square. After some minutes, forty bodies lay on the historic square. Their blood was watering the ground and the tree of liberty. Only one man survived under the dead bodies. His name was Giannis Zarzonis. The Italians left in the evening, having burnt 360 out of the 600 houses of the village. Practical information Address: A village very close to Elassona which was destroyed by the Italians and the Germans during the war. Today population:2.500 inhabitants Reviews Students from Finland and Greece had the chance to listen to the story of the village, as the first resistance teams were created there. That’s why the village was burnt by the Italians. They were accepted by the principle of the high school at the building which is very old and was renovated after the fire by the Italians. They also visited the Resistance museum at the square of the village. History can be witnessed all over the village as many residents have memories of the hard war years. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. Project code number: KA2 STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP 2016-1-NL01-KA219-022971