Miki Piskachov was born in the village Setina, Lerin region. He was
passionate and progressive. He watched and understood that the situation
was bad but at the start he could not orientate himself to work out
what he could do for the liberation of the homeland.
The Krushoradski mine is near Setina. The workers who work there are
from Krushoradi and Setina but also from other places as far as Lavrion.
In the mine before the war there was a CPG organization and then later
something new arose there. The workers gathered at night in certain
houses and sat until late into the night. The words of the EAM Struggle
were often repeated. The tasks allocated to the gathered mine workers
were - to help to establish party and EAM organizations including in
the surrounding villages. The leader of the party organization of the
mine - the late Vangel Koichev, was first to set off for the surrounding
In Setina preparations were made to establish a party organization
from the Setina villagers who worked in the Krushoradski mine. Two Greeks
from Epir worked as steel workers in the village: Anton Harisis and
Mihal Harisis who were from a communist family. So, at the start of
1942 a party organization was formed in Setina. Miki Piskachov was among
the first to join. He gave himself entirely to organizing the Setina
villagers into the national liberation struggle.
In 1943 the western plains of Kajmachkalan, along with the villages
Papdija, Setina, Krushoradite, Voshtareni and even Neokazi, which is
in the plain, just one hour from Lerin, were under the control of ELAS.
Miki was at his post and developed an extraordinary activism. He went
from house to house. He collected wheat, flour, wool for the partisans.
He went to other villages, even as far as Lerin as a courier and doing
other tasks for the organization. In that time Miki was responsible
for the ELAS reserve in the village. The entire year 1943 passed that
way, the Setina villagers and other nearby villages liberated. The national
liberation struggle movement in the region strengthened, as did the
fighting unity between the Macedonians and Greeks. In Neokazi and other
places with both Macedonian and Greek populations Macedonians and Greeks
worked together for the general good, for liberation for all.
To hit the movement, on 16 January 1944 the Nazis brought from Bitola
a division of the Bulgarian fascist army. With a Gestapo officer at
its head, it arrested more than 400 Macedonians and Greek patriots from
the villagers of Chegan, Papdija, Setina, Krushoradi, Banica Neokazi,
Neos Kavkasos and others. All of them were imprisoned in the Lerin playground
and in the Lerin high school, surrounded by the local guards of the
Bulgarian soldiers and Greek gendarmes. The guards who crisscrossed
the streets of Lerin day and night were also locals. After a few days
the arrested were transferred to the camps of Domokos, "Pavlos Melas"
in Solun and others to Germany. Many of them never returned. Miki was
arrested during those days.
From: For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom
For Sacred National Freedom: Portraits Of Fallen Freedom Fighter