The Fifty Two Executed from Gumenichko
In May 1944 the German occupying armies began military operations against
the units of ELAS on Pajak mountain. The military operations were unsuccessful
and the German forces suffered about 10 fatalities, among whom was the
commander of the Greek Boemitsa. They then threw themselves with viciousness
against the peaceful population. They set fire to the village Livada,
plundered and looted other villages and arrested more than 100 patriots
- Macedonians and Greeks from the Gumendzha and surrounds. They were
all members of CPG and EAM, while Gono Maslinchev and Tanasis Aleksandropoulos
were cadres of CPG in Gumenichko. On 8 May they hanged one of the arrested
people, G Georgopulos, while the others were sent to the Solun camp
After a month 52 of those arrested were transferred again to Gumendzha
and they were shot at the area known as "Chkrchishta", one kilometre
from the town. They shot them five at a time and dropped them into a
single unmarked grave.
All 52 patriots bravely greeted their deaths and their last words -
"Long live ELAS."
"Long live CPG."
"Long live freedom."
From: For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom
For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom Fighters