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Liberation of Corinth, October 1944

In Corinth, Greek history on 10 October 2016 at 12:15 am

Today (9 October) I attended an historical walking tour of Athens, excellently guided by Menelaos Haralabidis, of sites and buildings in central Athens connected to the wartime occupation of the Greek capital from 1941 to 1944 and the resistance of the Greeks against the German, Italian and Bulgarian occupiers and their Greek collaborators.

Athens was liberated on 12 October 1944, an event that is only now being marked, largely due to  the efforts of Haralabidis and other historians. 2015 saw the first official commemoration of the city’s liberation.

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Women wave from the offices of the National Liberation Front (EAM) in Corinth during the city’s liberation in October 1944 (Screengrab: British Pathé)

I was aware that a few days earlier in October 1944, the Germans evacuated my adopted city of Corinth. The wonders of Google led me to a fascinating report in the Sydney Morning Herald of 16 October 1944, filed by Terry Southwell-Keely, the paper’s war correspondent in Greece. I’m posting it here in full below as, whatever the average Athenian remembers about the liberation of their city in 1944, the average Corinthian knows even less about the liberation of theirs.

Accounts differ as to when Corinth was liberated: some say 7 October 1944 but Southwell-Keely suggests it was three days later.

His report describes the destruction and privation the Germans left in their wake and the euphoria of the population that they were finally rid of the Nazis. Here’s his report:

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Weekend of wine in Nemea

In Tourism on 4 September 2014 at 11:28 am

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A three-day festival of wine tasting, seminars, music and much more – to celebrate kicking off the harvest in one of the best-known winemaking regions in the Peloponnese – takes place in Nemea, in Corinthia, this weekend.

The area’s many wineries will be open to visitors from Friday to Sunday, September 5–7, offering tastings and demonstrations of how wine is made, including traditional grape pressing by foot, with a special class aimed at children.

Nemea is the largest wine-producing region in the Balkans, boasting a variety of protected designation of origin (PDO) wines produced by over 40 wineries. The site of the Nemean Games in antiquity, Nemea is famous for its Agiorgitiko red grape, traditionally grown in the area but now common throughout the country.

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