247 – Hitlers portrait in Panteleimon 1942

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Pictures of the Tsars (Alexander 3 and Nicolaas 2?) Tsarina’s , abbots and other holy men but who do we see in the centre?!
Germany was in charge in Greece during WW2 so they had to (or did voluntarily) remove a portrait of a father and replace it for Hitler. What was the attitude of the monks towards the nazis? I found this french quote:
Lors de l’entre des troupes allemandes en Greece en 1941, les moines du Mont Athos donne rent a Hitler le titre de successeur des Basileus de Byzance.
Graham Speake in Renewal in Paradise writes that most of the Athonites supported the Allies. In fact the mountain operated as a link in one of the main escape routes for British, Australian and New Zealand soldiers, and many monasteries sheltered and fed the fugitives. (page 166).

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The same room during World War 1.
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2 Responses to 247 – Hitlers portrait in Panteleimon 1942

  1. Vasilis says:

    Ik geniet van jullie site. Mag ik echter een correctievoorstel doen inzake de transciptie? Dat vergemakkelijkt het zoeken. 1. Het is Ouranoupoli(s), 2. Het moet eigenlijk Metochi zijn, je schrijft immers ook Chromitsa. Nu staat er in het Nederlands een x, terwijl er in het Grieks een chi staat.

  2. Herman Voogd says:

    Patrick, these pictures (post 247) were taken in Panteleimonos during the war.

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