George Daskalogiannis' account:
After a while, they lined around 20 people up, and they executed them (in this place lies a memorial now). Fortunately, my grandmother’s father that day was absent from home, as he was working in the fields, and they warned him not to return, because they would kill him.
After that event, another day, a German entered the house with a hand grenade in his hand, ready to throw it, but he saw them all together there and told them to leave. So my grandmother and her family went to a village nearby where they stayed for several days, called ‘Sassalos’. When they came home, the Germans were attacking by plane and throwing bombs, so everyone had to run to the shelter, which was 10 meters away from home.
Finally, my grandmother and my aunt were saved, they are still alive now, my grandmother’s father died of cancer some years later and her mother died of old age".
|Photos of the execution of 23 heroes in Kontomari, 1941|
Stathis kavroudakis' grandfather's account"Nobody believed that Hitler would dare to conquer Crete. That's why the defence was poor.. Nevertheless, the islanders passionately defended the island and resisted the invading Germans.
‘Sfakia’ was not an accessible place, due to the morphology of the terrain and it was a hand to hand combat, as in other areas. Generally speaking, not many German people got to Sfakia, let alone to ‘Mouri’. The reason was that the German parachutists feared they might land in a canyon. Only some army units, such as patrols, stepped on the place.
|Second World War Memorial in Hora Sfakion|
Niki Makridi, Andreas Kabourakis' grandmother recalls:
Michael Kastrinakis' account:
This is a testimony of Mrs. Helen, a local resident of the village Plakalona: 'I was organized in EPON, ( a resistance group which was founded during the occupation). Our job was to explain what people had to do. We had to avoid talking to strangers for fear they might be traitors. They forced people to dig their own grave and afterwards, they shot them and put them in there.... Things were really wild back then, but we were kids and fear we did not know!'
|The team that took part in the abduction of General Kreipe|