The village of Papadija was made to change its name by the Greek government
to Papadja. It is a part of the Lerin region about 29 kilometres northeast
of the town. It is in the plains at the base of Kajmakchalan Mountain
at 21 degrees 42 minutes longitude and 40 degrees 53 minutes latitude
and 1,102 metres above sea level.
The village belonged to the Krushoradi region and was northwest of
the village Setino. The Stara Reka River runs through the village and
divides it in two.
Before the start of the Greek Civil War in 1945 about 150 Macedonian
residents lived in the village. The residents of were employed in raising
livestock and agriculture.
During the Greek Civil War in the period 1946-49, the residents took
part in the organization of NOF and the armed forces of DAG with 8 active
fighters and during the bloody battles 5 gave their lives.
1. Gjakov Janko Dore
2. Konzurov Aleko Tane
3. Kozarev Gjorgi Vasil
4. Przhev Done
5. Rusev Todor Janko
The details of the fallen fighters from Krushoradi and Papadija were
obtained from Kosta Dzhingov from Krushoradi, a fighter and leader from
the Banitsa region from 1945-49.
After the Greek Civil War and emigration from and forced migration
to the village, the number of residents fell so much that not one resident
remained. This was confirmed by the census in Greece in 1991.
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