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Napoleon Soukatzidis

Among the two hundred that were executed on the 1st of May 1944 was Napoleon Soukatzidis, the great hero
of Chaidari. As an interpretor, Soukatzidis tried to help his fellow prisoners in any possible way and with self-sacrifice.
There is a characteristic incident that has been reported by Flountzis. At some point, the terrible Radomski was overseeing a group of Jews transferring dump and realized that one of the workers was not marching fast and his tin was half full. “Syrmas” started shouting and asked Soukatzidis to hit him. He resistend intensely, a
fact that made the commander angry. Thus, he started beating the interpetor. In the meantime the Jew left.
When Radomski saw this, he told Soukatzidis that he had been standing for a lazy and presumptuous person. So
he asked him to hit him again. Soukatzidis denied again and had to suffer a new beating by the commander. Napoleon Soukatzidis was born in Prousa in 1909. After the Destruction of Asia Minor he went and settled
with his family in Crete. He studied in the Middle and Higher Commercial School, worked as an accountant and became President of the Commercial Assistants in Herakleion. He developed important Union activity because of which he was arrested and expelled to Ai Stratis. Then he was transferred to the prisons of Akronauplia, Trikala, Larisa and ended at Chaidari.
The inclusion of the name of Soukatzidis among the people to be executed on the 1st of May 1944 caused surprise and awe to the rest of the Chaidari prisoners. He accepted his faith with a smile and handed his whistle
and papers to his deputy intepretor, Thanasis Meremetis and told him that he should never forget that he was
a Greek prisoner serving Greek fighters. He should be always kind to all of them. Karl Fischer proposed to Soukatzidis to exchange his life with another prisoner. The brave interpretor denied categorically.

Among the two hundred that were executed on the 1st of May 1944 was Napoleon Soukatzidis, the great hero
of Chaidari. As an interpretor, Soukatzidis tried to help his fellow prisoners in any possible way and with self-sacrifice.
There is a characteristic incident that has been reported by Flountzis. At some point, the terrible Radomski was overseeing a group of Jews transferring dump and realized that one of the workers was not marching fast and his tin was half full. “Syrmas” started shouting and asked Soukatzidis to hit him. He resistend intensely, a
fact that made the commander angry. Thus, he started beating the interpetor. In the meantime the Jew left.
When Radomski saw this, he told Soukatzidis that he had been standing for a lazy and presumptuous person. So
he asked him to hit him again. Soukatzidis denied again and had to suffer a new beating by the commander. Napoleon Soukatzidis was born in Prousa in 1909. After the Destruction of Asia Minor he went and settled
with his family in Crete. He studied in the Middle and Higher Commercial School, worked as an accountant and became President of the Commercial Assistants in Herakleion. He developed important Union activity because of which he was arrested and expelled to Ai Stratis. Then he was transferred to the prisons of Akronauplia, Trikala, Larisa and ended at Chaidari.
The inclusion of the name of Soukatzidis among the people to be executed on the 1st of May 1944 caused surprise and awe to the rest of the Chaidari prisoners. He accepted his faith with a smile and handed his whistle
and papers to his deputy intepretor, Thanasis Meremetis and told him that he should never forget that he was
a Greek prisoner serving Greek fighters. He should be always kind to all of them. Karl Fischer proposed to Soukatzidis to exchange his life with another prisoner. The brave interpretor denied categorically.