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A serie of photos from the village of Korysxades by Dimitris Kokotinis (Jimkok77) and especially THIS ONE , reminded me of the photo that I upload today. In Dimitris' photo you can see the old school of Korysxades, where the first meeting of the "National Council of Free Greece" better known as "Government of the Mountain", the Government of the free part of the country, about 6 months before the Nazis left, took place on 14 May 1944.

Today, on the same school, you can visit a museum dedicated to the Greek Resistance. You can ask for the key in the Kafeneio (traditional greek coffee shop) of the gentleman you see in my photo, the "Kafetzis" of the village. You will be lucky, if you meet in the village, a retired teacher, who was 17 years old back then and can be your "guide" to the Museum. He remembers very well everything that happened, some amazing details!

The "Kafetzis" was 11 year old when the meeting took place, remembers lots of things, but mostly remembers Aris Velouhiotis, the man on the picture on the wall. He talked and talked about "Aris" (that's how everybody knew him)and in his eyes you could see the "flood" of emotions. Aris Velouhiotis (real name Athanasios Klaras) is the most controversial figure in modern Greek history. He was a type of Greek "Che" Guevara!

He was worshiped by many and hated by many, in equal numbers and intensity. If you want my opinion, he was the last of the Greek Heroes, but I can understand those who disagree with that. He surely was no saint, but he wasn't the butcher that the "other" side is trying to describe. Anyway, history is always written by the winners, and Aris was always on the side of the losers.

Many books have been written about Aris, and I think that the best of all was the one written by Χαριτόπουλος, Διονύσης (Charitopoulos, Dionysis) (2003). Άρης, ο Αρχηγός των Ατάκτων (Aris, the Leader of the Rebels). Athens: Ελληνικά Γράμματα (Ellinika Grammata. When I told my opinion about the book to the old teacher-"guide" he agreed with me and he told me that about 85-90% of what's written in the book, is true, a great "persentaje" when we're talking about biographies.

***If you want to read more about Aris Velouhiotis (Greek: Άρης Βελουχιώτης), CHECK HERE ***

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