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The first execution in Chaidari

The first execution happened on the 7th of December 1943. The vistim was executed by Radomski himself and
had come to Chaidari with a group of twelve from Averof.
K. Vatikiotis was with him. He remembers a prisoner being beaten to death. He was Levi, a Jew serving as an officer
in the Greek Army. The prisoner was then whipped by the commander, who then shot him in front of the other prisoners. He commanded the rest to dispose of the dead man, who was buried before he was actually dead. According to psychological work on the phenomenon of Nazi violence, the aim of such executions was to terrorize
the rest rather than punish the executed. Generally, Hitler’s system was to subjugate the will and imagination of the occupied populations in Europe. The guards at Chaidari aimed to cultivate insecurity among the prisoners.
After Levi’s murder, more mass executions followed in Chaidari. It is reported that about 1800 prisoners and
300 more in the Gestapo headquarters were executed in total. Among them were at least 30 women, 104 war invalids, 190 students and 40 pupils. The greatest mass execution was the 200 communists from Akronauplia on the 1st of May 1944.

The first execution happened on the 7th of December 1943. The vistim was executed by Radomski himself and
had come to Chaidari with a group of twelve from Averof.
K. Vatikiotis was with him. He remembers a prisoner being beaten to death. He was Levi, a Jew serving as an officer
in the Greek Army. The prisoner was then whipped by the commander, who then shot him in front of the other prisoners. He commanded the rest to dispose of the dead man, who was buried before he was actually dead. According to psychological work on the phenomenon of Nazi violence, the aim of such executions was to terrorize
the rest rather than punish the executed. Generally, Hitler’s system was to subjugate the will and imagination of the occupied populations in Europe. The guards at Chaidari aimed to cultivate insecurity among the prisoners.
After Levi’s murder, more mass executions followed in Chaidari. It is reported that about 1800 prisoners and
300 more in the Gestapo headquarters were executed in total. Among them were at least 30 women, 104 war invalids, 190 students and 40 pupils. The greatest mass execution was the 200 communists from Akronauplia on the 1st of May 1944.