LAZHENI

The village of Lazheni was made to change its name by the Greek government to Mesonision. It is about 5 kilometres northeast of Lerin. It is near the railway line Bitola-Solun, in the Lerin Plain between the Lerin and Menska Rivers at 21 degrees 28 minutes longitude and 40 degrees 47 minutes latitude and 620 metres above sea level. It is about 9 square kilometres in area.

The village borders to the northwest with the village Armenovo, to the northeast with the villge Boreshnitsa, to the east with the village Rosen, to the southeast with the village Pesochnitsa and to the southwest it borders with Lerin.

Before the start of the Greek Civil War in 1945 about 330 Macedonian residents lived in the village. They were employed in agriculture, and less with raising livestock.

In the period 1946-49, the residents did not take part in the organization of NOF and the armed forces of DAG because the position of the village did not enable it. There were 5 active fighters from Lazhen and 2 died.

They were:

1. Shakirov Trajan
2. Shakirova Mirijanka

After the Greek Civil War and the forced emigration from Lazheni, the number of residents fell significantly. In the 1991 census in Greece it is recorded that there were 288 residents in the village.

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