Papadimitriu Toma (Choljas)

Toma Papadimitriu was born in 1921 in the village of Nestram - Kostursko to a poor working family and even as a young boy he started to work as a builder and carpenter.

In 1941 he joined the CPG and in 1943 he was a partisan in the ranks of ELAS. He participated in many battles against the occupying forces where he impressed with his courage and self sacrifice.

After the Varkiza agreement he was secretary to the party organization in his village and was a serious activist. He was at the head at demonstrations and meetings opposed to the English intervention and the monarcho-fascist terror.

In 1946 he was among the first to join DAG. Toma began as a soldier in DAG and because of his capabilities and talents in a short time he became the commander of group, then leading commander, to captain. He participated in many battles, in Catelli, Persia and elsewhere, where he distinguished himself. He bravely completed all the missions allocated by DAG and the Party and was twice wounded. In the big battles on Gramos in 1948 he distinguished himself as the commander of a unit and was awarded a medal. He died heroically on 21-4-49 on Gramos near "Automata".

He was promoted posthumously to major.

G Goya


From: For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom Fighters

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For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom Fighters