GORNO KOTORI

The village Gorno Kotori was forcibly renamed by the Greek government to Ano Indrusa. It is about 11 kilometres southeast of Lerin. It is on the further southwest side of the Pelagonija valley, north of Tsrkvenska forest. The village is oriented along the east-west axis. It is at 21 degrees 29 minutes longitude and 40 degrees 42 minutes latitude. Altitude is 885 metres above sea level. Area is 8 square kilometres.

The village borders the following: to the northwest with the village Dolno Kotori and to the east the village Negovan, to the west the village Lagen, and to the south the village Bel Kamen.

The village was divided into Gorno and Dolno maala (upper and lower neighbourhoods).

Before the start of the Greek Civil War in 1945, about 550 residents lived in the village and were of Macedonian background.

The residents were mostly employed in raising livestock, agriculture and timber getting.

In the period 1946-49, the residents took active part in the organization of NOF and the armed forces of DAG with more than 70 active fighters. 24 fighters gave their lives.

They were:

1. Vanev Gotse Vasil-Ginin
2. Vanevski V Pandil
3. Dinev V Lazo
4. Dinev Anastas Pandil
5. Dolev Trajan Pandil
6. Jotev Kotsi Nasto
7. Jotev Risto Trajan
8. Numchev G Kosta
9. Numchev G Miti
10. Numchev G Trajan
11. Petrevska S Vasilka
12. Popmilkov Miti Kotsi
13. Popmilkov Miti Risto
14. Popmilkov P Trajan
15. Stoicheva Risto Flora
16. Shopov Vasil Iljo
17. Shulev R Tanas
18. Shulev D Gjorgji
19. Shulev V Stavre
20. Shulev Vane Stoiche
21. Shulev Lazo Stevo
22. Shulev P Alekso
23. Shulevski V Done
24. Shulevski Mitse Todor

The details of the fallen were obtained from Tane Lazar Namov from the village Dolno Kotori.

Of the fallen who gave their young lives, 22 were men and 2 women.

After the Greek Civil War and after the great emigration and forced emigration from Gorno Kotori, the number of residents fell. This can be seen from the official census in 1991 in Greece according to which the number of residents in Gorno Kotori was 326.

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