Historyline 8

The resistance fighter

Our protagonist Lefteris Apostolou was born in Athens in 1904 and joined the ranks of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) in 1921. He was arrested in 1935, followed by six years of exile and imprisonment. In May 1941 he escaped from the island of Kimolos, where he was in exile, and in Athens he contacted other exiled members of the KKE and tried to create a new resistance group.

At the founding meeting of the National Liberation Front (EAM), the most important Greek resistance organization, Lefteris Apostolou was elected secretary, a position he held until his arrest. He was imprisoned in the Akronauplia camp and after the Italian capitulation, he escaped and joined the General Headquarters of the biggest resistance army, ELAS. During the Greek Civil War, in 1948 he settled in Romania, where he remained as a political refugee until 1959. He died in Athens on 18 November 1981.

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