Glezos and Santas tell how they removed the German flag from the Acropolis (video)

Amazing broadcast of Greek channel ET1 with host Fredi Germanos, in which Manolis Glezos and Apostolos Santos describe in detail how they removed the German flag from the Acropolis, where they put it, and what happened next, now with Russian subtitles.

The program was filmed in 1981 and was first shown in 1982 as part of the show “Front Page” of the Greek TV channel ET1.

Two heroes of the National Resistance recall the events that preceded that historic night. They explain how the idea to pluck the Nazi flag from the Acropolis came about, describe the route and obstacles they faced, as well as their feelings when they finally managed to climb the rock of the Acropolis.

“We felt that we were the descendants of our great ancestors,” says Apostolos Santas excitedly. “It just caught our attention because it belongs to our people,” adds Manolis Glezos. They also recall unknown backstories from that night, such as their encounter with police officer Panagiotis Voutopoulos. Who, although he understood the next day who the young people he met, did not reveal their secret.

Also on the program are Antonis Moskhovakis, who recalls his meeting with Manolis Glezos and Apostolos Santos the day after the operation to rip the flag, and Kostas Mikrouleas, who recalls how hard it was for his father, the prosecutor Elias Mikrouleas, from whom the German authorities urgently demanded find “intruders” to execute the guilty.

The broadcast includes audiovisual and photographic materials from the first hours of the German occupation of Athens on April 27, 1941, the battle for Crete, as well as press reports and the last free speech of Kostas Stavropoulos. It sounded on the air of the Athenian radio station on the day when the occupiers were preparing to enter Athens.

Dedicated to the memory of Manolis Glezos, the Apostle Santos and all the fighters against German Nazism.

Subtitle translation:
Anna Erotopoulou
Victoria Yavorskaya
Georgios Charalampidis
Lina Sonidu
Subtitle editing:
Pavel Onoyko
Pavel Onoyko
Russian Athens

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