I am Evanthia Papadopoulou from Drama. I
The brutal interventions for the needs of the
am the great-great granddaughter of
telegraph are still visible. Then the Greek
A n d r e a s T z i m o u . M y
People's Liberation Army
grandmother, Evanthia, told
took over soon to be replaced
me the story of our mansion:
by the National Guard. The
" T h e m o n u m e n t a l
Intelligence Service formed
c o n s t r u c t i o n a n d t h e
d e t e n t i o n c e l l s i n t h e
perfection of the building
basement. The 27th Army
attracted many suitors. In
B r i g a d e o c c u p i e d t h e
World War II the German
building until 1951. Locals
and Bulgarian occupation
started then to call our house
forces installed their
Taxiarchia, the Greek word
headquarters in the house displacing our
for brigade. In 1955 we finally returned to
family. By 1945 the ceiling paintings were
our house."
destroyed; floors and staircases were
strained with petroleum-based disinfection;
documents, plans, furniture and household
became spoils of war.
Time past and time future point to one end, which is always present.
T.S. Elliot, Quartet, 1939.