THE FORMATION OF NOF
As a result of the great repressions against the Macedonian people
by the Greek predatory bands supported by the monarcho-fascist government
of Greece, there arose an urgent need for the formation of NOF with
the aim that it would organize and protect the Macedonian population
from the great terror and physical deprivations. Another goal was, through
struggle, to achieve cultural and social equality and recognition of
the cultural and religious heritage of the Macedonian people if not
further then at least within the democratic boundaries of Greece.
The founding meeting of the NOF organization was held on 23 April 1945
and was called on the initiative of the Political Commission of Aegean
Macedonia which was formed on 20 November 1944 in Bitola. At this meeting
it was resolved that the organization would be called National Liberation
Front of Aegean Macedonia. The date 23 April 1945 is taken as the day
on which NOF was formed. NOF was a continuation of the organization
SNOF (Slavo Macedonian Peoples Liberation Front), which existed under
that name in the time of the Second World War.
At the founding meeting there were representative delegates from all
of the regions of Aegean Macedonia. A management body was elected for
NOF for Aegean Macedonia comprised of: Paskal Mitrevski as secretary,
Mihail Keramitchiev, Dzhodzho Urdev, Atanas Koroveshov, Pavle Rakovski
and Mincho Fotev as members.
In accordance with the structure of the NOF organization adopted at
the foundation meeting, Aegean Macedonia was divided into five regions:
Kostur, Lerin, Voden, Gumendzhisko-Enidzhe-Vardarski and Ser.
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