Τρίτη, 9 Ιουλίου 2019

A Visit to Mount Athos (November 1944)


November 1944. Three New Zealand servicemen went to Mount Athos, a peninsular in the northern part of Greece, to present citations to various Monasteries which, in spite of serious risks to their own lives and safety, had been instrumental in caring for New Zealanders and other allied troops, during the Second World War.

A collection of 83 photographs, taken by the team on this visit, and a talk for Radio New Zealand on 1.1.1945, were discovered recently in the National Library of New Zealand.

The talk and photographs give an extraordinary insight into both Mount Athos, the kindness and generosity of its inhabitants, and their active participation against the Nazis.