A memorial service for all those who were captured in the Makassi Gallery, is organized by the Regional Unit of Heraklion and the Municipality of Heraklion on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 11:00 a.m..
The Makassi Gallery, located in the Venetian Walls of Heraklion was a military gate leading to Martinego Square. There were the cannons that protected the bastion of Bethlehem.
The gallery serves as a memorial space to the National Resistance in Crete, as German prisoners were imprisoned here during World War II. Specifically, on July 15, 1943, when the so-called Great Blockade of Crete took place, dozens of local civilians and Jews were captured and imprisoned here.
On November 4, 1943, some prisoners were transferred to the Mauthausen concentration camp, while another 600 were boarded (June 8, 1944) the ship Tanais for Piraeus.
Unfortunately, during the voyage, the Germans sank the ship, falsely announcing that it had been sunk by the British.
Speech by Mr. Emmanouel Mourtzidis, Teacher
Laying wreaths by:
A Government‘s spokesman
The Governor of Crete
The major of Heraklion
Keeping a minute’s silence