1503 – Athos and the Second World War: more pictures and texts

In my search for more pictures about Athos I found these below. Most of them are taken by German “Wehrmacht”-soldiers, who had an outpost just above the Rumenian Skete Prodromou.

WWII observatiepost gezien vanuit Antiathos

The German observation post on the slopes of the Athos mountain, not far from skiti Prodromou

WWII wehrmacht prodromou

A picture of skiti Prodromou shot by a German Wehrmacht soldier, probably from the observation post

WWII Wehrmacht, Kloster auf dem Berg Athos, Chalkidiki, Griechenland 1941

Another picture from a Wehrmacht soldier: an Athos church with a monk

WWII Wehrmacht, Mönch vor dem Heiligtum

The third picture from the Wehrmacht-soldier: the interior of a church with a monk in front of a iconostasis

WWII - Athos monk with German soldoier drinking

The fourth Wehrmacht picture: Monk with German soldiers in summer clothes, drinking and toasting

WWII soldier and monk with magazine 2

A German soldier in 1943, showing a Greek magazine to a monk

WWII 1940 Athos monks Brown

Athos monks in 1940, photo by Brown

Finally I want to show you some copies of the guestbook from Sografou with notes made during the Second World War made by German and Bulgarian soldiers. The copy was presented by a monk to my Athos friend Jan Paul ten Bruggencate, who visited this monastery a long time ago. “You should have this information and bring it with you”, said the Sografou monk, but what his real intentions were stays unclear, because the information is – as far as I can read –  not very shocking. Most texts are in German, with remarks about the special Athos hospitality and in one case ending with a “Heil Hitler”. The names of the soldiers are difficult to read: I did not found any names that I mentioned in previous posts (see our category War).

brief 2 2 juni 1941 duits (Large)

2 June 1941: a German text from at least six soldiers (Luitenants): Dr Crämer, Dr Hans Gerster, Wilhelm Trey: ending with “this visit is one of the finest memories of our life…”

brief 1 18 maart 1943 Bulgaars (Large)

18 March 1943: Bulgarian text: thanks to Jan Paul ten Bruggencate the text is translated!:

For the great and revered father Vladimir , for the father Pamaret and for the entire spiritual brotherhood of the famous Bulgarian Monastery – Holy Georgi the Victorious – ( Zograph ) , I express my great gratitude for the hospitality and the warm welcome that has been bestowed upon us during our stay on the 13th, 14th , and 15th March 1943.
May the Supreme Creator and the Most Holy Mertyrer Georgi give them health, happiness and long life , so they can work committed to the preservation of the Bulgarian treasures and lore . 15.III.1943
brief 3 5 april 1943 duits (Large)

5 April 1943: a German text: “hoping that there will be peace soon for our nations….” Heil dem Führer Adolf Hitler! and Heil dem König Boris! (by Theo Piepe and 4/5 others)

brief 4 7 april en 28 maart 1943 duits (Large)

28 March 1943 and 7 April 1943: a German text from 4 persons: the SS-Hauptsturmführer (name illegible) and Georg Mayr – SS Obersturmführer – and others

brief 5 2 febr 1944 bulgaars (Large)

The last text is from  2 February (?) 1944 and is in Bulgarian, translated with the help of my Athos-friend Jan Paul.


I thank God that I was possible to realize a big wish of mine . That it was possible for me to be able to visit one of the most sacred places of the Bulgarian people, and that while the main Moment.für the Association of the Bulgarian tribe.
For me there is nothing more valuable than to spend these special moments when the gracious God has poured out his blessings on generous way , here where there is great healings were kept for the Bulgarian people .
                                                                                   Zahari Petrov Barsakov
                                                                                   (Title unreadable ) in the Borisovski
                                                                                     University , Sofia .

For a German “Wochenschau” about Athos in the Second World War look here:

Wim, 14/1/14

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2 Responses to 1503 – Athos and the Second World War: more pictures and texts

  1. Roncea.ro says:

    Wonderful pictures, wonderful work. Congratulations!
    God bless!

  2. artbernd says:

    A lot of detailed information is to be found in the Erich Feigl book about Mt. Athos. Also names of the German troops and l lot of pictures of Athos during the war. There is also an official letter from the monks to the German Reichskanzler A.H. This book is full of interesting pictures and information.

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