Peshovi - the Three Brothers

In the whole of the city of Voden one old Macedonian family is well known. The Peshovs. One of the Peshov family, Dimitri Peshov or Cironkata, as he was called, had four sons - Stati, Kosta, Anastas and Georgi. The sons of Dimitri were hard working and progressive and were loved by all of the townspeople.

As young boys they joined the revolutionary movement on the side, in the ranks of OKNE and CPG and fought against the dictatorship of Metaxas, against the persecution of the Macedonian people, and for their social and national rights.

In the time of the Nazi occupation they were among the first to join the battle against the occupier for the liberation and independence of the Homeland.

The Peshov brothers distinguished themselves for their dedication to the CPG and were unmatched defenders of the united struggle of the Macedonian and Greek peoples.

Stati, who was known by the pseudonym Georgostati, worked from 1938 as a labourer for others - in textile factories, in manufacturing factories and others. In 1939 he became a member of OKNE. He developed serious operations and was always first in the battle for the workers' rights. In the same year he was elected a member of the council of the united unions in Voden. At the time of the Nazi occupation he worked as an activist of the CPG in Voden. After the Varkiza agreement he continued his revolutionary operations. In the VII congress of the CPG he took part as a delegate of the party organizations from Voden. He was arrested by the monarcho-fascist forces and tortured. He lay in the Lerin and Solun prisons for a long time. After his release he joined the ranks of DAG and rose to the rank of unit commissar and on 13 November 1948 he was killed in Voden.

As a mark of recognition, he was promoted to major commissar posthumously, a hero.

Anastas too, because of poverty and the large family, was forced at a young age to work. Later he entered the Voden high school but did not cease working. He studied during the winter and in the summer he worked for others. In the summer he was organized into OKNE. When he completed high school he was given the job of postal worker. In the German occupation, he took active part in the national liberation struggle. After liberation he continued his revolutionary operations and because of that was arrested and sent to the camp Ai-Stratis, where he was brutally tortured.

After his release, he joined DAG. At the start he served at the rank of sub lieutenant commissar in Kajmachkalan and later in Vich and was killed in Vermion on 12 November 1948.

Georgi, the youngest brother, also worked in factories. At the time of the German occupation he was a secretary of EPON and a member of the council of the united unions of his home town. He took an active part in the first ranks of all the strikes and events held by the workers of Voden.

When he was forced to move into illegal operations, he continued to work as a secretary of the regional council of EPON in Enidzhevardar. He was active, strong and beloved among the youth.

He was among the first to join the ranks of DAG. Many in Kajmachkalan knew Pafsanias (Georgi's pseudonym). He fulfilled all of the missions and tasks allocated to him by the party with faith and strength. Georgi (Pafsanias) fell heroically on 30 November 1949 at the Muharem Han locality, between Ostrovo and Vladovo.

The three Peshov brothers, who took the path of the liberation struggle from a young age, followed that path and generously gave their lives for the sweet freedom of the people.

K Fotopulu-Kontogeorgi


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

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For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom Fighters