An impressive video-document from the uprising of the Polytechnic was brought to the public light by posting it on social media by the Deputy Minister of Modern Culture, Nikolas Giatromanolakis.
This particular video, which was taken from the Acropolis hotel -opposite the Polytechnic University-, is back in the news on the occasion of today’s anniversary . It is worth noting that it has been posted on YouTube for a long time, with the accompanying description of the filmmaker Nikos Vernikos himself.
Watch the color video-documentary
Read the filmmaker’s description
“These films were taken from the corner room window on the 1st floor of the Acropole Hotel Polytechnic opposite by Nikos A. Vernikos between November 14-17, 1973.
“I had also rented the room to support the student members of the Hellenic European Youth Movement (EKIN). Organization for the mobilization of the student movement against the dictatorship”, it says.
“The monitoring of the events around the Polytechnic was done through the lowered wooden shutter with the glass open, with bated breath.
Between Friday 16th and Saturday 17th November, a tank was parked at the corner of the Acropole waiting to intervene. The standing driver’s helmet reached the bottom of the corner window.
Shortly before the operation at the Polytechnic, and while there was complete silence, a small noise was created in the room by the friends, competing students and the phone. The soldier turned the light beam of the tank’s searchlight on the facade of the hotel, trying to locate the source of the noise. He stopped for a moment at the dark window of our room behind him and a little above, with the roll down. The light of the searchlight came through the cracks. The soldier was trying to figure out where the noise was coming from that stood out from the sound of gunfire. As it moved, it illuminated the walls and especially the ceiling of the room in all directions. The breathing of those in the room stopped.”
In the former Acropole Palace Hotel, now Acropole Across, which we are currently preparing as the first public institution focused on the creators themselves, a space will be permanently dedicated to the display of all this material and to those days in 1973 that changed Greece and connected forever these two buildings facing each other”.