Lefteris Aerakis, also known as Ntarolefteris, has died at 93. He was one of the last living Cretans who fought in the resistance of Crete against Germans.
His peak was the battle in Sfakaki, when, together with seven other fighters of the Greek People’s Liberation Army, ELAS, they released 98 women and children who were held hostages by the Nazis. That led to the Nazi destruction of Anogia in retaliation.
Ntarolefteris his spent his life as a selfless fighter and enjoyed everyone’s respect. He was described as a man with passion for life and love for his family, for which he learned to use the new technologies, such as Skype.
“I have no idea of how to use a computer. At first it was very difficult for me to learn, though now I can talk with my children and grandchildren in Greece and abroad … ” he told the journal Ethnos. His son, George, who who taught him to use the Internet, is the current Deputy Mayor of Heraklion. Aerakis’ funeral was held in Anogia, attended by local authorities as well as many other people who wanted to honor the eminent Cretan resistance fighter.