ASANOVO - HASANOVO

Asanovo's name was forcibly changed by the Greek government to Mesohorion. It is a part of the Lerin region and is about 16 kilometres northeast from Lerin.

It is on the Pelagonia plain and close to the Greek Macedonian border at 21 degrees 31 minutes longtitude and 40 degrees 53 minutes latitude. Asanovo is a plains village and is 610 metres above sea level. The village area is 16 square kilometres.

The village borders on the following: to the west with the village Kafkaz, to the southwest with the villages Sakulevo and Dolno Kalenik and to the northeast with the village Orta Oba (Sredno Selo).

Before the start of the Greek Civil War in 1945 there were about 870 residents in the village of Macedonian background. The villagers were employed in agriculture, raising livestock, some trades and other worthy occupations. This was enabled by its location.

During the Greek Civil War in the period 1946-49, the residents took little part in the organization of NOF and the armed forces of DAG even though the village had a reasonable number of residents. They had about 20 participants and 6 gave their lives and one was killed by stepping on a land mine.

They were:

1. Indov Gjorgi Pando
2. Karajoshkov Gele Alekso
3. Karakole Pando Tsano
4. Karakolev Kosta Krste
5. Kochov Kole Mite
6. Tancharov Tode Toshe
7. Karajanov Laso Argir - as a prisoner forced with a truck to tread on a landmine.

The details of the lost fighters from Asanov came from Karajanov Lazo Manoli from the same village.

After the Greek Civil War and the forced emigration from the village, the number of residents fell. In the last official census in Greece it was recorded that there were 581 residents in the village.

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