Witnesses

Athens, Greece

Symeon Konstantinidis

Symeon Konstantinidis, 59 years old, is a graduate of the School of Naval Tests (Supreme Military). He holds a Master's degree in Oceanography-Meteorology from the University of Monterrey, California, USA. During his career in the Navy, he continued his education at various military schools in America (San Diego, California, Virginia and Florida, and Belgium, Ostend). He has served as Governor and Commander in various units of the Fleet Headquarters, as well as in the General Staffs of National Defense, the Crete Navy, the Hydrographic Service and NATO Headquarters in Naples, Italy. Since his retirement, he has dealt with historical, environmental, meteorological and oceanographic issues and given lectures on various subjects. He has published several studies in professional journals.

TAGS: Marine admiral, place of residence Crete, internal politics of the junta, coup attempt of the naval officers with the Velos, resistance uprising in the Polytechnion, Cyprus invasion 1974.

Christina Papageorgiou

Christina Papageorgiou is a Sculptor (M.F.A. A.S.F.A.) and Architect (M.Arch, A.U.Th.) and Theater Set Designer (M.A. In Text and Performance – King’s College and R.A.D.A.) During her studies she was honored with the Scholarships I.A.E.S.T.E. , State Scholarship (I.K.Y.) and Onassis Scholarship.
She has been a member of the Directors Board of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece and member of the Directors Board of the Onassis Scholars Association.
In 2013 her public art work “omphalos” was inaugurated at Lazienki Park Museum in Warsaw, Poland and the artist received honorary medal for her work.
Works of the artist are found in public and private collections in Greece and abroad.

TAGS: Artist, Sculptor, School of Fine Arts, Artists during the dictatorship, Artist exhibitions during the dictatorship period, Aries of artists.

Maria Skourti

Maria Skourtiwas born in Athens and worked in inland freight transport. She is married, has two children and one grandson. Since her retirement she has been involved in various cultural activities. During the Junta period she was 18 years old and lived very close to the events.

TAGS: residence Athens, repentance, employees, students of the Polytechnion, support of students of the Polytechnion, citizens and students, uprising in the Polytechnion.

Theodosia Simigdala

Theodosia Simigdala is 69 years old. She has worked for over 30 years as a secretary in a large law firm. She is the mother of two daughters, Nikiana (leading molecular biologist in cancer research) and Despoina Simigdala (designer). At the time of the junta, she was 17 years old and her job was in the centre of Athens, in the midst of what was happening. Her testimony is particularly important, because people from her private environment were tortured by the dictatorship. Mrs Pelekanos lives in Kifissia, where there is a large cemetery and the dead murdered by the junta were brought in, while the junta claimed there were no deaths.

TAGS: Residence Athens, numerous funerals of resistance fighters, Alexandros Panagoulis, exile in Makronissos.

Evagelia Pelekanou

Evagelia Pelekanou, 83 years old, mother of two children. She worked for many years as a nurse in the hospital and the elderly homes and was the sole breadwinner in her family for a long time. Now she is retired. Her testimony is particularly important because people from her private environment were tortured by the dictatorship. Mrs Pelekanos lives in Kifissia, where there is a large cemetery and the dead murdered by the junta were brought in, while the junta claimed there were no deaths.

TAGS: Residence Athens, numerous funerals of resistance fighters, Alexandros Panagoulis, exile in Makronissos.

Konstantinos Manaras

Konstantinos Manaras, 85 years old, was born in Kifissia, Attica. He graduated from high school with eight classes and speaks English. He worked in the newspaper "The evening newspaper" and "Naftemporiki" (newspaper for shipbuilding) for about 30 years as an office worker. He is a pensioner.

TAGS: Residence Athens, everyday life during the junta period, employee, student revolt.

Antonis Apergis

Antonis Apergis, 57 years old, was born in 1962 in Kardiani, on Tinos. He studied merchant naval engineering and was employed as an officer in the merchant navy, where he traveled on merchant ships.

TAGS: Place of residence Tynos, dictatorship and the Greek islands, pupils at the time of the junta, political songs, freedom of expression.

Elefteria Stefanou

Elefteria Stefanou, 78 years old, was born in May 1941 in Heraklion, Crete. In 1965 she moved to Athens, where she experienced the dictatorship at the age of 26. She worked in the clothing industry as a freelancer. She is a mother of two children and a pensioner.

TAGS: Place of residence Athens, personal torture, effects on Crete, communists.

Pantelitsa Manolaka

Pantelitsa Manolaka was born in Kos, Dodecanese. She is mother of two children, lives in Petroupoli, Athens. She was employed by the public health insurance for 40 years. She is now a pensioner.

TAGS: Residence on Kos, everyday life on the island, school time, survival struggle of a multi-family during the junta era.

Ioannis Polychronis

Ioannis Polychronis, 85 years old, was born in 1934. During the dictatorship he was 33 years old and worked as an employee for the Greek bus company in Athens. He is retired and has two children.

TAGS: Place of residence Athens, shift worker, everyday life, freedom of opinion.