RUDARI

The village of Rudari had its name changed by the Greek government to Kalitea. It is a part of the Lerin region and is about 28 kilometres west of the town. It is on the ridge of the German Mountain in Prespa at 21 degrees 09 minutes longitude and 40 degrees 48 minutes latitude and 1,200 metres above sea level. It is about 14 kilometres squared in area.

The village borders to the northwest with the village Shtrkovo, to the southwest with P'pli, to the east with the Bela Voda Mountain and to the west with the Mala Prespa Lake.

Before the start of the Greek Civil War about 380 Macedonian residents lived in the village. They were employed in agriculture and raising livestock.

During the Greek Civil War in 1946-49, the residents actively took part in the organization of NOF and the armed forces of DAG with more than 90 active fighters. 31 gave their lives.

They were

1. Angelovski Spiro
2. Begalchev Mijal
3. Begalchev Eftim
4. Bliznakov Traiko
5. Bogoevski Naum
6. Georgievski Risto
7. Georgievski Vasil
8. Georgievski Nikola
9. Gerovski Joshe
10. Gerovski Vangel - two brothers
11. Dimovski Petre
12. Dimovski Vangel
13. Kalev Risto
14. Kalev Stavre
15. Karaulovski Goche
16. Karafilovski Pavle or Kosta
17. Kostovski Kostadin
18. Kostovski Goche
19. Mihajlovski Pando
20. Mihajlovski Jane - two brothers
21. Filipov Vasil
22. Filipov Mitre
23. Foteva Lazo... Daughter of Lazo
24. Fotevski Spiro
25. Fotevski Pavle
26. Fotevski Joshe - three brothers
27. Hristovski Ilija
28. Hristovski Fote
29. Hristovski Dimitar
30. Hristovski Jani and
31. Hristovski Vangel - two brothers

The details of the fallen fighters were obtained from Hristovski Kosta from the same village.

Of the fighters who gave their young lives there were 30 men and one woman.

After the Greek Civil War and emigration from and forced migration to the village, the number of residents fell significantly. The 1991 census in Greece recorded 177 residents in the village.

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