The Massacre of Kondomari refers to the execution of male civilians from the village of Kondomari in Crete by an ad hoc firing squad consisting of German paratroopers on 2 June 1941 during World War II. The shooting was the first of a long series of mass reprisals in Crete. It was orchestrated by Generaloberst Kurt Student, in retaliation for the participation of Cretans in the Battle of Crete which had ended with the surrender of the island only two days earlier.

The Massacre of Kondomari refers to the execution of male civilians from the village of Kondomari in Crete by a firing squad consisting of German paratroopers on June 1941

These Greek children are from Makri, a village burned and looted by the Germans. It was 50 miles from Distomo. Nov. 27, 1944.

These Greek children are from Makri, a village burned and looted by the Germans. It was 50 miles from Distomo.

Battle of Crete, Greece May 1941: British soldiers stand by the charred remains of a German paratrooper. Such was the ferocity of resistance to the air landing German op that the paratroop division was decimated; following Crete, Hitler pulled the paras from the airborne role and send them to the Eastern Front as an infantry formation. Note the Luger held by the British soldier in the foreground.

A British soldier observes the charred remains of a dead German parachutist. He is holding over his shoulders two rifles and in his right hand the German's Luger pistol - during Operation "Mercury" (the landing of German troops in island of Crete).

Fallschirmjager Crete 1941, pin by Paolo Marzioli

Fallschirmjager Crete pin by Paolo Marzioli

British prisoners of war on Crete, pictured after the surrender, later in June, 1941

British prisoners of war on Crete, pictured after the surrender, later in June, 1941

British soldiers surrendering to German paratroopers, Crete. c.1941

Surrendering commonwealth soldiers been taken POW by German Fallschirmjäger, Crete, Colorization and description by Mike Gepp.

British SOE agents and Greek partisans on the island of Crete during the German occupation, c. 1943

British SOE agents and Greek partisans on the island of Crete during the German occupation, c.

German prisoners under British guard, 6 June 1941/Battle of Crete

German prisoners under British guard, 6 June of Crete, pin by Paolo Marzioli

(7) German troops strategically station themselves around the area so no one will escape

German troops strategically station themselves around the area so no one will escape

Battle of Crete - The Island of the Brave

Italian marines of San Marco Battalion with a machine gun 8 mm Breda 37 shortly after landing in Sitia, Crete 1941 - pin by Paolo Marzioli

On June 2, 1941 a brutal massacre took place in the village of Kondomari, just west of the city of Hania. The Battle of Crete had just completed and the Al

One final shot at a man who perhaps survived the initial firing squad

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