The war museum in Askifou

Published: September 10, 2019
Municipal Unit of Sfakion, Sights

In World War II when German forces invaded Crete and destroyed many villages and killed many Cretans who tried to resist.

One of these villages was the village of Askifou located 50 km south of the city of Chania. Many women and children tried to find shelter in the surrounding villages.

Among them was the then ten-year-old, Georgios Hatzidakis, who saw his village being looted, unable to defend the sacred soils of the island.

After the end of the war, however, George Hatzidakis found another way to keep alive the glorious memory of his undefeated ancestors.

He began to passionately collect any remnants left behind by his enemies and ancestors. With this act he managed to build a war museum with over 2,000 objects from the period 1940 – 1944.

The collection grows larger with time thanks to the efforts of his son Andreas Hatzidakis who aims to build a war museum to house the findings of his father and himself.