The brutality of this particular attack, during which the village priest was beheaded and infants were reportedly bayoneted in their beds, is widely acknowledged. It is also representative of other similar German attacks, such as those on the village of Kalavrita and on Kondomari on Crete. The Dhistomo massacre is commemorated in the village by a monument that lists the names and ages of all those killed. Their bones were collected and rest in the monument.
The current inhabitants of Dhistomo, including families of survivors, have made repeated attempts to gain reparations in both German and Greek courts. The most recent such claim, apparently the final appeal, was rejected in June 2003 by the German Federal Supreme Court in Karlsruhe.
Timothy F. Winters
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