|Allied soldiers at the moment of capture, Crete, 1941. Photo: Bundesarchiv|
My presentation is entitled - To Hell and Back: Prisoners, escapers and their helpers in Thessaloniki’s WW2 POW Camp.
|German tanks on the Thessaloniki waterfront - the POW camp would be established beyond the White Tower in the centre of the photograph. Photo Bundesarciv|
The camp held thousands of prisoners, in terrible and inhumane conditions. Yet many escaped – from the camp itself or on the train journey north to other camps in Germany.
And they would be helped and protected by the brave local Greek population – at great risk to themselves. It is a story of capture, of terrible privation and captivity, of bravery, escape and freedom.
The presentation will take place at the auditorium at Melbourne's Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne at 3pm this Sunday.
This presentation is part of this years celebrations of the Sister-City relationship between Melbourne and Thessaloniki organised by Melbourne's Thessaloniki Association "The White Tower" with the support of the City of Melbourne.
To make a booking, please follow the link by clicking here.
The presentation is supported by the Battle of Greece and Crete Campaign Commemorative Council and the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and victoria as well as the Thessaloniki Association "The White Tower".
Thanks to Paul Mavroudis, Christina Despoteris and Iakovos Garivaldis and all at the Thesaloniki Association for again supporting and sponsoring my presentation.
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee