Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Kalavryta Massacre - Video of Survivor Testimonies



The Holocaust of Kalavryta (Greek: Ολοκαύτωμα των Καλαβρύτων), or the Massacre of Kalavryta (Σφαγή των Καλαβρύτων), refers to the extermination of the male population and the subsequent total destruction of the town of Kalavryta, in Greece, by German occupying forces during World War II on 13 December 1943.


You can listen to survivors of this massacre as they retell the story in a series of 6 short videos part of the Municipal Museum of the Kalavrita Holocaust website.  Videos are in Greek with English sub-titles.  


There is also an online book (in English) -  "A House for Our Heroes" - an attempt to approach the tragedy in Kalavryta.



The Municipal Museum of the Kalavrita Holocaust is housed at the historic Primary School of the town, the place where the first act of the Kalavryta tragedy was played. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century on donation by Greek benefactor Andreas Syggros, and was completely burnt down in a fire set by the Nazis on December 13, 1943.

After the liberation, the school was rebuilt on its original blueprints. In 1986 it was declared a historic monument by the Ministry of Culture, and today it houses the museum of the town which serves as a centre for the promotion, through education, of peace in the world and cooperation among peoples.



The central door of the museum remains forever closed, while at the town’s square the clock has stopped at 14:34, the time of Kalavryta massacre.


Sources also include:  Greek News Agenda, Wikipedia, 

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