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JJ36A Man on wall, with boy and flag

On some other islands exiles were allowed to leave by the police, and in some cases, went with them in the same boats to Crete to join the Resistance. Not so for the Anafiot exiles. The police chief would not let them go. When similar refusals occurred on other islands, the exiles planned a mass escape, leaving behind only the tuberculosis sufferers and others in sick bay. A former exile described in 1998 how he and eight other members of the commune on Foleghandhros (all but one of them from Crete), organized their escape southwards to fight in the Cretan Resistance. Using knowledge gained on excursions to beaches and garden land of the island’s topography, its inlets and currents, they managed to slip out of the village to a coastal site from which they could launch a dinghy. This and other communes, where possible, used their cash reserves to recompense locals whose boats were used for escapes.