21 May 2015

Little chapel

Ive been passing Amiras Memorial monument several times, spent even a night next to the monument, but first time I saw the door open to the little chapel next to it. It is an emotional place with its 461 candle holders, one for each victim who was executed by the Germans.

The monument is made to not forget the Holocaust of Viannos in 14-16 September 1943 when the Nazi forces attacked the Cretan civilian residents east of Ierapetra. Totally in 20 villages they were executed 500 people, burning most of the villages and destroying their harvest. The massive loss of live made this place one of the deadliest massacres during the occupation of Greece. Müller, the German general who was behind this attack earned his nickname "the Butcher of Crete". After the war he got executed for his part in this and other massacres.

"The 461 candles you see are devoted to the 461 victims of the Nazism in the region of Viannos"

Each candle has a name of a victim

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous22 May, 2015

    Amiras on upea muistomerkki sodan uhreille.Mikä tuuri,että ovet oli auki ja pääsit kuvaamaan.Sodat pistää aina miettimään kuinka julmia ovat.


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