PAPADIJA

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.

They were:

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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