Ligiades: The "balcony" of Ioannina. In Epirus, opposite the city of Giannina lies a small place, on the slope of Mitsikeli, the little village of Ligiades.It is blessed with the wonderful view of the city while it is cursed to be visible by the whole city of Ioannina and the surrounding area. The Germans have passed from here ...
Sunday 3 October 1943: Half of the village residents are behind Mitsikeli mountain in the village of Karyes in Zagori for the harvest of nuts. On the slope of the mountain, 5 to 6 relatives of the groom of a Sarakatsanian wedding go to pick up the bride according to the local custom. Late in the afternoon, German alpine commanders of the Edelweiss Division invade the village. They kill indiscriminately babies, children, women, elders and wrap houses in flames. Some are burned alive. Hours later, the rest of the inhabitants return to find their families charred. The following day, a 14 month old baby was found by his fellow villagers to breastfeed his dead mother, being injured by a bayonet on his back.
1989: A German historian visits the village and with a tape recorder collects testimonies from the Holocaust survivors. Later, he referred to the German military records for further investigation.
2010: This historian Christoph U. Schminck Gustavus, Professor of Law History at the University of Bremen, issues the trilogy "Memories of Occupation". The third book focuses on the Ligiads holocaust.
2014: The President of the Federal Republic of Germany Joachim Gauck visits the village and asks publicly "Sorry".
The director Chrysanthos Konstantinidis grows up with the stories of Ligiades, his place of origin. In 2013, wishing to share these stories and having met Christoph U Schminck Gustavus, he begins to record in his lens testimonies from survivors and their descendants. The teacher's book becomes a historical advisor and a companion to this project. Konstantinidis returns from Ligiades and Germany with a large volume of cinematographic material. The documentary is currently in the final stage of the editing. The emergence of this moment of history would not have been possible without the hospitality and help of the inhabitants of the Ligiades, the tireless associates and the donors.