Casdagli, left, in his cutting of his own capture on Crete from an unknown German newspaper, 1941
Capture On Crete, a film by Cylix Press in both English and Greek, tells the story of A T Casdagli’s capture in Sphakia on the southern coast of Crete on 1 June 1941. Filmed in Athens and on Crete during the commemorations for 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete this May and June, it includes the participation of John Kittmer, the British Ambassador to Greece; Tony Buckby, the Director of the British Council in Greece; Jeremy Kippenberger, the son of Major General Sir Howard Kippenberger, the great New Zealand soldier; Andreas Fasolakis, who as a boy in Sphakia, saw the capture of the Allied Forces; Yannis Zervos, the Executive Director of the Athens Centre and many others.
Capture On Crete is made by Alexis Penny Casdagli with the film-makers James Morton and Elias Staris; Anton Thompson-McCormick, the actor; Ann Straker, daughter of Lord G D Milne RA, who was captured on Crete with Casdagli and thereafter incarcerated with him in various prisoner of war camps in Germany; Gwen Williamson, the criminal barrister; and, from Australia, the architects and long-time friends of Casdagli, Don and Margaret Bergomi and their solicitor son, Casdagli's namesake, Alexis Bergomi.
Capture On Crete will be premiered in Crete, London & Athens in the early 2018.
The 1940s Society Sevenoaks present
an illustrated talk by Alexis Penny Casdagli on A T Casdagli's
Prouder Than Ever and morale in prison survival
8 pm, Friday 27 January 2017
Otford Memorial Hall, near Sevenoaks, Kent.
Further details from Ian on 01732 452505 Admission £3
Alexis Penny Casdagli, on behalf of A T Casdagli (1906-1996), signed copies of Prouder Than Ever at the Imperial War Museum. It was an extraordinarily moving event as, in 1982, Major A T Casdagli lodged the typescript of his secret war diary with the Archives of the IWM and now, almost 35 years later, that diary is now a much praised book. Photograph courtesy of the IWM.
Alexis Penny had the privilege of giving a paper to the Greeks and Cypriots in the United Kingdom 1815-2015 Conference at the Hellenic Centre in London, organized by the Centre for Greek Diaspora Studies Conference. Her paper, These Slender Threads That Bind Us, explores the experiences of her grandfather, T E Casdagli, Greek Consul to Manchester, May 1915-December 1922 and A T Casdagli, her father, British Consul to Volos during the Greek Civil War, January 1947- November 1949.
The Tibetan Peace Garden London, beautiful autumn sunlight, and James Morton filming Marina Deligianni and Dimitris Gionis for
Capture On Crete
‘It was a pleasure meeting you all yesterday at the Tibetan Peace Garden. I'm very much impressed and moved by your inspiring project for your father's story, Alexis. I sincerely wish Capture On Crete will inspire millions of individuals for peace in the near future. I always firmly believe one person can make a difference in the world through his/her act of compassion and vision.’
Jamyang Dhondup, Manager, The Tibet Foundation
Cylix Press is delighted to announce
Prouder Than Ever
is now available through Cylix Press
16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS
Contact the office on 020 7487 5060 or check The Book Shop at www.helleniccentre.org
Prouder Than Ever To Be Greek, a talk by Alexis Penny Casdagli
‘It was an honour to have you present Prouder Than Ever at the Athens Centre. The work you are doing is very important in our understand of the tragedy of WW2 and the countless human stories that remain unwritten’ Yannis Zervos, Executive Director, The Athens Centre