The locals called this place Golgotha, a hill overlooking the village of Agia, outside of Hania, where the Nazi Germans brought prisoners and rebels — those fighting against the Germans during the occupation years of 1941-45.
The Germans set up a pole where, one by one, villagers were brought to this spot and shot by a firing squad. The hill was “conveniently” located next to the local prisons, which were also used by the Nazis to hold those accused of being rebels or aiding the Allied soldiers as they fled the island during the Battle of Crete in 1941.
On August 29, 1944, 25 Cretan freedom fighters were executed at Golgotha by Nazi soldiers. The names of those killed were as follows:
Today, there’s a memorial with the original pole upon which men, women and even children were assassinated.
I saw the sign while driving back from a visit to a friend’s winery and I was intrigued by the Biblical reference to Golgotha, the place where Jesus was crucified.
The analogy of a savior dying for mankind, with freedom fighters dying to keep their homeland free from tyranny for future generations was evident.
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