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The Greek government attempted to ethnically cleanse the Macedonian population and colonize Aegean Macedonia with Greeks. A series of population exchanges occurred after 1913 which saw tens of thousands of Macedonians forcibly expelled while over half a million Greeks were shipped in from Turkey and Bulgaria.
A scenic view from the village of Zhelevo in Aegea Macedonia Lerinsko, the name was changed to ANTARTIKON in 1926 by the Greek authorities to hasten their policies of ethnic cleansing and assimilation. Zhelevo Village, district of Kostur, Macedonia, was one of the comparitvely larger villages in the district of Kostur. It was the second largest after Smurdesh Village in Koreshtata. Zhelevo is nestled in and surrounded by mountains and it lies at the foot of Mt. Bigla. It is pretty and a picturesque village. The river Bistritsa takes its source from the mountains near the village and empties into the Gulf of Solun It lies on the highway connecting the cities of Kostur and Lerin.
Village square [ Sred selo ] where every sunday the young girls would dress in theire
traditional Nashinski and dance to Greek music,Macedonian music was not allowed.
Gorna Crkva St. Nikola Dolna Crkva St. Atanas
Ruins of Zhelevo
The Gerkomani always blame the Macedonians for crimes committed in the civil war. they refuse the fact to acknowledge that, this was a Greek civil war, not Macedonian. The blame should be put on the Greek Partisans, not the Macedonians.The word Partisan means "Antartes"
These pictures present some of the Revolutionaries
and Heroes who founded the
Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization
These great Macedonian heroes gave their young lives to free the Macedonian Nation from 550 years of turkish occupation.
"For a nation to preserve its own national language and to protect it as something sacred means that it remains loyal to the spirit of its ancestors and respectful for what they had created. "
Krste Misirkov, On the Macedonian Affairs, 1903
Wedding 1946 Petra and Mike Yoanou
Petra Temovska, Risto Temovski and Kole Mike and Petra Yoanou House of Petra Kotovska
Mike,Petra,Tsila,Petre,Kole,Fana and Baba Lena Yoanou and Vasa Kotovska
Petra Kotovska,Baba,Vasa,Mother Lena and Petra Kotovska 1962
The Macedonian-Greek conflict is a very complex issue. Lots of books have been written about Macedonia, but many of them simply serve to justify the aspirations, propaganda, and the partition of Macedonia in 1913, by the neighboring countries such as Greece. These sources are, therefore, biased. The Greek pages about Macedonia, rely strictly on their very own Greek propaganda sources, which naturally makes them biased. In order to find the real truth about Macedonia, one has to rely on the independent and neutral sources when looking into history.
Fana and Lazo Lazaro 1942 1931-middle Fana Papaioanou & sisters
1950 Deca begalchinia in Checkoslovakia, second from right
Wedding 1942 Lazo Lazaro and Fana Papaioanou Fana and Lazo from left at Zhelevo festivities
Kala Papaioanou lost left arm Kala and Giorgitsa 1967 in Skopje Gligor Papaioanou son of Giorgi with
1941-42 in the Italian war the first Ford in Zhelevo 19??
Zhelevian dance troup in solun 19?? FIile and Mara Todorovski 1938
How can we forget
The Macedonian names that shaped our world
Makedonskite iminia od mojata porobena rodina - Zhelevo koj ne se odbelezhani za grkot da gi pogrchuva
Starozhelevo, Bratindol, Broda, Chukite, Vodenchiniata, Kilevska maala,Vardar maala, Ostenec, Selca, Kafeto na Temovci, Golema Livada, Kasharica, Djolintrap, Belioch, Sperkojca, Galik, Volnishtata, Zdraec, Losh trap, Asana padina, Zhelevskata reka, Rendesh, Crvenicata, Lojata, Shalojca, Kundelica, Beli orebje, Mankoj livadje, Rasarnica, Belich, Shelishte, Malata kilevska maala, Pandarcheto, Padinata, Ramna plocha, Sveticheto, Gorna crkva, Dolna crkva, Gorna maala, Dolna maala, Gjupska maala, Pitachot, Osten, Pod osoo, Temni lak, Kupo, Chezmeto, Bachorniche, Kuleto, Ostenec, Padinata, Kosachki orev, Vo slivata, Georgova glava, Oshchimskoto, Ramna plocha, Sredni reki, I planinite: Maznior, Kokoshka, Bigla, Pelior, I Preol,Tzembra
Golina and many more.
Baba mi pleti shareni chorapi!
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