Chania's German War Memorial - then and now
I've been looking for some time for an original photograph of the German War Memorial that stands near our house. We spotted some in the Naval Museum in the Old Chania Harbour, but I've just found a very clear photograph in a book.
The book in question is 'Documents From The Battle And The Resistance Of Crete' by George I. Panagiotakis. Apart from the Germaniko Pouli picture, there is lots of documentary evidence of the terrible time that the people of Crete endured during World War II. There are some brutal pictures of Nazi massacres and executions, as well as pictures of the military hardware, innocent Cretan by-standers, and German, Greek and Allied soldiers who fought on the island.
This isn't a romanticised story of what went on during the island, or one person's recollection, but a valuable archive of historical source material. It was published in Heraklion last year, and I'm pleased to see it on the book shelves in Crete.
I've tried to take a picture of the monument as it stands today from a similar angle so that you can see the difference after over half-a-century.
Incidentally, our site has had a couple of comments left by Piper Bill Jenkins, who, at the age of 74, will be visiting the island later this year to pay his respects to both fallen soldiers and the brave civilians of the island.