THE FIRST AFZ CONGRESS
The first AFZ congress (Anti-fascist front of women) was held on 29
April 1948 on the mountain near the village Trnaa. 420 women delegates
from all parts of Aegean Macedonia took part in the congress and guests
from the People's Republic Macedonia were invited but could not attend.
Evdokija Nikolova-Vera, the secretary of the AFZ for Aegean Macedonia,
provided a report about the work that had been undertaken to that date.
Ioannis Ioanidis himself selected the place where the congress was
held and he was present as a delegate and member of CK of KPG and on
the directive of the secretary of CK of KPG, Nikos Zaharijadis.
The day before the start of the congress Ioanidis managed to persuade
Vera along with the other women delegates that they should join the
fighting ranks of DAG after the end of the congress.
Ioanidis persuaded Vera on 28 April but on 29 April, while the congress
was being held, Vera understood the malice intended by Ioanidis and
his ultimate aim and she withdrew. She no longer wanted to join the
ranks of DAG with the other delegates. Tane Lazar Naumov, the secretary
of the NOF Lerin region was also present.
As well as Ioanidis, Poriforigenis also attended. At that time, he
was the minister for justice in the temporary government of KPG.
Although delegates from the People's Republic of Macedonia were invited,
these delegates did not manage to participate in the work of the First
congress of AFZ because that was the aim of Ioanidis. The delegates
from Skopje were forced to travel via the People's Republic of Albania
instead of crossing the border directly from Macedonia to free Prespa.
Without good reason, the delegates were held at the Albanian border.
They were held until the congress ended and then they were released
to free Prespa.
Had Vera not withdrawn at the last moment and all the women delegates
had gone with Ioanidis after the congress to the DAG ranks then AFZ
would have suffered a huge and catastrophic blow to its structure.
The Minister for justice, Poriforigenis, in his speech to the delegates
tried in every way to persuade the women with Vera at their head to
voluntarily join DAG. Poriforigenis with the knowledge of the general
secretary of KPG Zaharijadis surely wanted to use these not strong women
to free the Peloponnese and all of old Greece. Ioanidis and Poriforigenis
did not achieve their malicious aim. They called the congress of AFZ
with that aim - to mobilize the women delegates.
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