Hristo Miovski was born in the village of Popli, Prespa region, in
1899. At the time of the Nazi occupation he joined the ranks of the
CPG and actively fought the foreign occupiers.
After the liberation of our side, he continued to work for the establishment
of democracy and peace in Greece. Because of his activism in the democratic
movement, after the Varkiza agreement he was arrested many times and
tortured by the monarcho-fascist forces. On 23 April 1947 he was again
arrested and thrown into the Lerin jail. Then his daughter was arrested
along with several others from his village.
On 27 May of the same year, after the UN commission had left Lerin,
a group of 40 of us fighters - Macedonians and Greeks - appeared before
the Lerin military court. Most of the fighters were sentenced to death,
including Hristo, his neighbour Jane Dimanovski, the doctor Ioanidis
- secretary of the Lerin regional committee of EAM, and others. All
of those sentenced to death received their sentence in a cool-headed
way and with their courage they inspired us, the other prisoners, who
were to remain alive. The courage of the old doctor Ioanidis made a
particular impression on us and the 18 year old Pavle Apchev, a representative
of EPON in the village Banica. They were always smiling.
On 27 July 1947 a group of 12 of those sentenced to death were taken
to the Lerin execution ground. All of the condemned men proudly raised
their heads and faced the executioners and bravely awaited death. Both
of the villagers from Popli died then - Hristo Miovski and Jane Dimanovski.
From: For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom
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For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom Fighters