Eurydice Pappas is writing for
Tharros: "In 1922 the
population in Drama counts
40,000 inhabitants. The Greek-Turkish War
(1919-1922) ends with 1,500,000 refugees
arriving to Greece. Drama receives 80,000
refugees. As a result, in 1929 our School
hosts more pupils and converts to a mixed
gender school. In World War II, under the
Bulgarian occupation*, Greek schools are
closed and the use of
the Greek language is
forbidden. 300 tons of
books are looted,
including priceless
first editions in Greek
f r o m Ve n i c e a n d
Vienna. In 1945 our
School reopens with
the support of parents.
Today it is a landmark
for Drama's historic memory."
*World War II lasts from 1939 to 1945. The Bulgarian occupation of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace lasts from 1941 to 1944.