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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-07-27

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  • [01] Message of peace

  • [01] Message of peace

    In continuation of a tradition that began in the 1980s and continues today, a group of German pupils bearing a message of peace and reconciliation are in Greece as guests of the municipality of Distomo, the site of one of the biggest massacres of WWII during the Nazi occupation of Greece.

    This year marks the 66th anniversary of the massacre at Distomo on June 10, 1944, which has gone down in world history as one of the biggest massacres of unarmed civilians in WWII, and was carried out by the German Naziās just before their defeat and withdrawal from Greece.

    The toll was 228 dead, 117 women and 111 men, and among them 53 children under the age of 16.

    The praiseworthy initiative of the Evangelical Church of Nuremberg, which commenced in the 1980s and continues this year in cooperation with the municipality of Distomo and the Cultural Association of Distomo, consists in the alternate hosting of German pupils at Distomo and Greek pupils in Nuremberg, Germany.

    The purpose of these visits is to keep alive the historical message of fraternity of the two peoples and of peace.

    During their week-long visit, the German pupils visited the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum on Tuesday, while on Wednesday they will visit Nafplio and Epidaurus, followed by Livadia on Thursday and Itea and Galaxidi on Friday, before departing for home on Sunday.

    ANA-MPA met with the visiting pupils at the Acropolis, and the most important message they conveyed was: "Never again war. Peace throughout the world".

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