GREECE: The Beautiful Springs

Last week an old man called "Barba," a patriarch of the mountain town of Kalav-ryta, sighed and said: "The blood my family has shed in Kalavryta would fill three whole barrels."

High up in the mountains of the Peloponnesus, Kalavryta (the name means "beautiful springs") was once razed in Roman times. The Romans used it as a watering place; so, later, did the Franks and Turks. In 1821 Archbishop Germanos, of Kalavryta's ancient monastery, began the Greek War of Independence (against the Turks) by raising the Cross at Kalavryta.

In World War II, Kalavryta came to be known as the "Lidice...

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