August 4-5, 1953

DEATH SENTENCE: The Athens permanent military court yesterday sentenced Nikolaos Ploumbidis to death on two counts, along with the leadership of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), which was tried in absentia. It also sentenced Irene Hanou to 11 years’ and Nikolitsa Kotsyfa to 12 years’ imprisonment. MEASURES AGAINST FIGHTERS: In an announcement, the National Bank staff union has charged that the bank’s governor (Mr Iliaskos), with the help of certain bank officials who not only have no sense of comradeship with the banking family but are in fact its enemies, has stopped the payment of bonuses to victims of war. APOSTOLIDIS ANTHOLOGY: (From «An Athenian’s Notes») – (…) Heracles Apostolidis must be considered one of the leading Greek anthologists. His anthology of Greek poetry – already in its fifth edition – is proof enough of that. It is truly excellent. Therefore it gave us great pleasure to learn that within the next few days another collection by Apostolidis will be published, titled «The Short Story.» It will be an anthology of Modern Greek short stories, containing over 500 pages.CEASEFIRE: London, August 2 – The truce in Korea was signed yesterday and as of 10 a.m. (local time in Korea) the shooting ceased all along the 150-mile front.