Emma Ebrahim could not believe her eyes when she found the descendants of the brave Cretan family who had hidden her New Zealander grandfather, who fought with the Allied Forces in the Battle of Crete in faraway 1941, from the Nazis.
This is what Emma Ebrahim posted on Facebook on Tuesday:
“UPDATE….OMG we have found them !!!!
It only took 48 hours with all your help!!!!
I am talking to Maro and Lila Kalogeri right now, they are children of the youngest boy Nicolas…he is still alive at 90… we can meet him!!!!
I am shaking with amazement!!!
You guys made this happen!!!
Wow I am truly blessed…”
It was a shot in the dark for the woman from New Zealand to find what happened almost 80 years ago and to trace Crete’s Kalogeri family, the descendants of the people who had hidden her grandfather who was being hunted by the Nazis after the Battle of Crete.
While planning a trip to Crete, Emma Ibrahim posted photos passed down in her family through the generations on Facebook — and the results were astounding.
In her words, Arthur Ernest Wright “was captured on Crete in 1941 shortly after the New Zealand troops landed; he then spent time in prison camp, he escaped 2 times looking for food and spent weeks hiding in the forest/hills eating grass and worms before this family found him and hid him for months before he was taken back to the camp.”
Nicolas, Tasos, and Irene were the three people who hid Arthur Ernest Wright and made sure he was safe from the Nazis as long as possible. The granddaughters of Nicolas, Lila and Mary Kalogeri, responded to Ibrahim’s search soon after she made her Facebook post.
Ebrahim posted a picture which she says is “a copy of the papers that were dropped all over the island requesting soldiers to surrender or be treated as spy; he did not want his new friends to get in trouble, so he gave himself over to Germans.”
Arthur Ernest Wright passed away two years ago, only three weeks before he turned 100. The picture seen above was framed and had a special place on a wall of his home until the very end of his life.
Nicolas, who is still alive at 90, will meet soon with Emma, and undoubtedly reminisce with her about those days of courage in the face of tyranny and oppression.