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The Partisans of Evia

Read about the highly capable partisans of Evia, the second largest island in Greece.
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  • History
  • The Holocaust
  • Resistance

Sara Fortis was born in Chalkis, a small town near Athens, Greece. When the Nazis invaded in 1941, Sara fled. While on the run, she agreed to join the resistance. In her new position, Sara recruited other women and formed an all-female partisan unit.

In the following interview excerpt, she describes the partisans of Evia, the second-largest Island in Greece.

The partisans in Evia were very well organized. People didn't just do as they liked. Every partisan answered to his commander, and the commander answered to the commander in Athens. It wasn't a state of anarchy. Everything was organized so well that it was impossible to imagine squads such as those during a war. Everyone was so helpful; it was one for all and all for one. It was wonderful. Evia was very original in having the squadron of girls. It couldn't be grasped how girls coming from such remote villages could be partisans. They couldn’t believe it. 1

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