Shooting Range of Kaisariani
Kaisariani is a suburban town and a municipality in the eastern part of Athens. There, between 1942 and 1944, around 600 people were executed by the Wehrnacht, 200 of them alone on May 1, 1944. Since then, the shooting range has become a symbol of resistance.
In 1987, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Richard von Weizsäcker, honoured the victims of the german occupation at Kaisariani with these words: "This memorial is linked to the history of your people and my people. No one, especially a German, can stand here without being deeply moved by the message of this place". Subsequently, he refered to places where countless massacres have taken place, such as Kalavryta, Distomo, Klissoura, Kommeno, Lyngiades, Kandanos. At the same time, he honored the jewish victims of Thessaloniki and other Jewish communities that were wiped out by the Germans.