Monday, June 16, 2008

Andrew Rossos Revisited 1

As you know the Slavmacedonians worldwide contribute several articles of Professor Andrew Rossos. These articles focus in the period of 1941-1949.
I have observe many mistakes to his articles, and I will try to explain step by step what Mr Rossos forget.
Before I start I want the help of the Greek-Canadians.
What they know for him.
Is a Greek or another one crypto-Slavmacedonian that use a Greek name in order to spread his articles.

I will start with the known article ....British Officer Report 1944. In this article Rossos try to explain the Evans Report.

There is a section that named(copy from Evans report title only), as.......


This has been considerable during the past three years.
The BULGARS maintained propaganda offices in FLORINA, KASTORIA and I believe, VASSILEIAS [ZAGORICANI] 5944. The most active propagandists were GELEFF and the more notorious KALTCHEF (GREEK born, educated in BULGARIA and a fanatic).

Arms were supplied for a number of villages by the GERMANS and ITALIANS, whose purpose was to weaken guerilla resistance by dividing the population and also to create a deep protective ring round [KASTORIA and a string of garrisons along the road] KASTORIA - AMYNTAION. This effected a considerable economy in troops.
Most armed villages seemed to have contained a few fanatics and a large number of indifferent people who would have much rather not taken sides against anybody. Some villages, e.g. ASPROYIA [SREBRENO] 6350, were forced by brutal methods to take arms. Probably the most pro-BULGAR village was VASSILEIAS, which contains a small number of GREEK refugee families but is mostly SLAV.
Several families there have relatives who emigrated to BULGARIA and made good, one even becoming a General in the BULGARIAN Army.
As far back as 1938, the inhabitants used to boast of their village as 'Little Sofia'. Besides arming villages the BULGARS also tried to get people to have themselves registered as BULGARIAN citizens.
An old man in TRIVOUNON [TRSJE] 5065 told me that only six families there, besides his own, insisted in remaining GREEK. [43]
MACEDONIANS as a whole do not seem to be really attracted to BULGARIA, and some were actually afraid that she would have treated them as an inferior minority, as the SERBS and GREEKS already do. If the area i am acquainted with had been genuinely pro-BULGAR, all the villages in it would probably be armed, whereas the only ones that did take arms were those situated on the low ground on the fringes of the VITSI mountain pass. The mountain area proper was always free of armed villages, though not of informers who would betray Andartes and British personnel to the GERMANS.
Those of the inhabitants who were not pro-GREEK - that is to say, the majority - were either uneasily neutral or else filled with a rather vague aspiration towards a free MACEDONIA run on Left Wing lines. Thus, when in May the Andartes of VAPSORI sent a long-winded letter to SIDHEROKHORI [SESTEOVO] telling them to come over to ELAS and the Allies, SIDHEROKHORI replied: 'If you (ELAS) were real Allies you would wear a Red Star on your caps'.

[43] Bulgarian policies and the activities of Bulgarian supported bands in Aegean Macedonia during the Second World War have not been adequately investigated.

As you see Rossos forget to post any comment for this part of Evans report.

The second and critical as about the specific era is the Akronauplia Case that Andrew Rossos forget to mention.

Akronauplia was a known jail with Metaxas anti-dictarship prisoners. A lot of them was Communists and among of them were Slavmacedonians. Naturally, most Slavmacedonians who had been deported by the Greek authorities were only too glad to declare their Bulgarian nationality in order to return home.

Some communists maintained, for the same reason, that they had been deported or imprisoned because they were Bulgars.Even more ominous for the troubles to come, twenty-seven high-ranking conmunistc adres were released by the Germans in June 1941 from the Akronauplia prison camp, where they were under detention by the Greek authorities, they owed their release to the intervention of the Bulgarian embassy in Athens.

They too declared Bulgarian nationality, although a few like Andrcas Tzimas or Samariniotis who later played a key role in political developments, were not Slav Macedonian.

Most of them came from the districts of Kastoria and Florina, and included some of the protagonists in the events to be described below:

-Lazaros Adamopoulos or Danios of Oinoi (Kastoria)
-Lazaros Zisiadis or Trpovski of Dendrochori (Kastoria)
-Zisis Kallimanis of Kalochori (Kastoria)
-Theodoros Euthynuadis of Kastoria
-Anastasios Karatzas of Dendrochori
-Zisis Delios or Batzios of Kalochori-Kyriakos Pylnis of Xynon Neron (Flonna)
-Lanipros Moschos ofDendrochori-Lampros Roukas of Ieropig (Kastoria)-Dianlantis Tsistinas or Dalis of KastoriaAndreas Tsipas of Agios Pannteleimon (Florina) and
-Lazaros Bozinis of Aposkepos (Kastoria) name the most prominent

The number of those who declared Bulgarian nationality in the region for these and other reasons is not known. It seems that many more Slavmacedonians did so in order to secure food rations in the winter of 1941 -2, during the worst fanline experienced by the country in modern tirnes. The Bulgarian Club of Thessaloniki pursued a systematic policy of literally buying such declarations from the famished population of northern Greece, and in exchange for signing it Slav Macedonians received, along with a Bulgarian identity card, bread or flour as well as scarce items such as sugar and soap.

By 1944 declarations of Bulgarian nationality for the expected betiefits were estimated by the Greek authorities, on the basis of monthly returns, to have reached 16,000 in the districts of German-occupie Greek Macedonia.

1-Plundered Loyalties by John S. Koliopoulos
2-Spuridon Sfetas,Opseis tou Makedonikou Zhthmatos
3-Crysochoou,H Katoxh sthn Makedonia.
4-Woodhouse,The Struggle of Greece 1941-1949

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