George Psychoundakis was a Greek Resistance fighter on Crete during the Second World War. He and the other Cretans organised the rescue of hundreds of Allies, guiding them to a safe pickup and shipment to North Africa. During the postwar years he was at first mistakenly imprisoned as a deserter. Later, his memoirs achieved worldwide success. Though originally a goatherd with minimal education, he translated classical Greek texts into the Cretan dialect.