The “Peace Rebel” in Psiloritis, the symbolic “apology” of a German woman to the people of Anogia

The “Rebel of Peace” the stone Angel seen only from above. Nikos Sarantos knows us through his aerial shootings and the text that follows:

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In an unknown to many people, quirky and impressive monument, with a heavy history, I will travel you through my drone and the voice of Nikos Xylouris, today. Going up to Psiloritis at about 1450 meters we see the plateau of Nida with the Ideon Cave the cave of Zeus.

Stone, mountain, ridges… A place with wild beauty, which in an inexplicable way fills your soul with warmth, embraces you and makes you one with it. Guerrilla resistance groups and residents from the surrounding villages were hiding and operating there, fighting against the German occupation troops.

Every stone of Psiloritis has a blood-stained story to be told by the heroic resistance of the inhabitants of the surrounding villages and the atrocities committed by the Nazi Germans. With executions, tortures and the martyrdom holocaust of Anogia.

The people of Anogia were the ones who helped the German sculptor Karina Reck when in the late 1980s she felt the need to symbolically apologize on behalf of her compatriots, creating the “Peace Rebel”. A monument dedicated to peace between peoples and at the same time a tribute to the disobedient Cretan resistance.

The “Rebel of Peace” has the form of a winged Angel lying on the ground. Part of the left foot and hand are in the ground and symbolize the connection with the earth. Its shape is not visible from the same height on the ground, except from above. This gives it a special uniqueness as a sculpture that can be properly distinguished only from the air at an altitude perpendicular to it or from a satellite. It is 30 meters long and 10 meters wide and the second but equally important element that makes the monument even more important, is that it was made of stones placed by the locals on the Nida plateau so that German warplanes could not land.

Its construction was completed in 1990 and the costs were paid by the German Ministry of Tourism. Karina, who lived for some years in Anogia and is now considered a Cretan, had stated from the beginning “not a single drachma will be allocated by a Greek for this project, because every mark of my compatriots will be a stone of oblivion and apology that will allow the greatness of the fellowship and peace. “

If you want to visit the monument, it is located at the eastern end of the Nida plateau at “Gria Aloutsa” and you can pass by it without recognizing it. It will look like a pile of stones. You will be able to get an idea, at an angle, of its shape only by climbing the surrounding hills. Worth…

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