NEOKAZI

The village of Neokazi was forcibly made to change its name by the Greek government to Heohorakion. It is a part of the Lerin region about 13 kilometres northeast of the town. It is on the Lerin plain at 21 degrees 33 minutes longitude and 40 degrees 50 minutes latitude, 620 metres above sea level, and about 9 kilometres squared in area.

The village borders to the northwest with the village Vrbeni, to the east with the village Ovchareni, to the southeast with the village Zabrdeni, to the southwest with the village Boreshnitsa and to the west with the village Petorak.

In 1945 about 840 residents lived in the village, of whom 620 were of Macedonian background and 220 were Greek Madzhiri. The residents of the village were mostly employed in agriculture and less with raising livestock and trades.

During the Greek Civil War, the residents actively took part in the organization of NOF and the armed forces of DAG with more than 100 active fighters. 26 gave their lives.

They were:

1. Adzhiev Risto Anastas
2. Adzhiev Lambo
3. Adzhieva Mara - mother of Lambo
4. Gjorzhinov Risto Kitse
5. Dondo Miti Lambo
6. Jordanidi Lari
7. Josiv Atanas Miti
8. Kulev Petko
9. Kulev Natse
10. Kulev Trajko - three brothers
11. Kulev Trajko Pandil - son of Trajko
12. Lashov Miti Kole
13. Londev Dimitar Vasil
14. Londev Todoraki
15. Mazneov Bladzhe
16. Mazneov Todoraki - brothers
17. Mazneov Done
18. Nojkov Kosta Mite
19. Nojkov Kosta Lazo - brothers
20. Paraskov Kosta Vangel
21. Popov Lambo Vangel
22. Sapranidi Gjorgi
23. Todorliev Metodi
24. Tsalopanov Pavle Kotse
25. Tsalopanov Miti Taljo
26. Tselidis Dimitar Aleko

The details of the fallen fighters were completed by Nojkov Trajko Pande from the same village and a participant in DAG.

Of the fighters who gave their young lives, there were 25 men and 1 woman.

After the Greek Civil War and emigration from the village and forced migration to Neokazi, the number of residents fell significantly. The 1991 census in Greece recorded 592 residents in the village.

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