Photo: Demos Karantsalis (lower left), a dark-skinned descendant of Arvanites, hid in the mountains of Boeotia, where he protected his three sisters during World War II. (Courtesy of the Karantsalis Family)
Tenth of June, one-nine-four-four,
Germans came, left blood and gore.
Woman raped, heads cut loose,
babies stabbed, swung from noose.
Hair ripped out of Papou's head,
down below, dirt-soaked red.
Patera hid, Kutupi bound,
sisters, too, on stable ground.
Mountain shack, out of sight,
goats and snakes, little light.
Headless nuns surround my bed,
then float off, matera said.
Village burned, killed with hate,
total count, two-two-eight.
Distomo, still we mourn,
dressed in black, hearts are torn.
Haunted sounds, rise from the hole,
how to measure, depth of soul.
Even after so much time,
no reason for this Nazi crime.
TNH contributor Theo Karantsalis recounts what the Nazis did to his family on June 10, 1944. He forgives the Germans.
A memorial above the village of Distomo commemorates those who lost their lives on June 10, 1944. (Photo: Theo Karantsalis)
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