Religion: Archresister

From liberated Athens TIME Correspondent Reg Ingraham cabled the story of how white-bearded, brown-eyed Archbishop Damaskinos, head of the Greek Orthodox Church, had led resistance against the Nazis so stoutly that for the past four months the Germans had kept him locked in his bedroom.

One of the most dramatic stories told about the Archbishop's fight against the Germans: when 18 Greeks had been sentenced to death in Piraeus as hostages for the death of a German soldier, the Archbishop went to the commandant in Piraeus, literally forced his way inside, and told him the condemned men had families. "How are they...

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