Alistair Hugh Fraser
My father was captured in Greece and learned Greek. He appears in the attached picture of VIIIB camp tutors (2nd from right, back row). In 1973 he was interviewed for the publication ‘Phileleftheros’ (12.1.73) and talked about getting to know Glafcos Klirides, a Cypriot RAF pilot who at the time of the publication, was Prime Minister of Cyprus.
“Klirides and I had a great deal of work in the P.O.W. camp. We had to write the letters for the other soldiers, most of whom were from villages and illiterate. The orders from the Germans were that the letters should be written in German, so that the censor could read them. Then we presented ourselves to the German commander of the camp and told him that if the soldiers’ letters went to the villages written in German, no one would understand them, neither would it be easy to find people able to translate them. We asked to be allowed to give him our word of honour that we would not give any military information and thus obtained permission to write the letters in Greek.”
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