About the Book

Written on the Knee

Written on the Knee

A Diary from the Greek-Italian Front of WWII
October 2008
Trade Paperback · 240 Pages
$16.95 U.S. · £9.99 U.K. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780979824937
Scarletta Press


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During the Greek-Italian conflict of World War II, Dr. Theodore Electris, newly married and idealistic, was called up to the Greek-Italian front in the remote mountains of Albania. Homesick, hungry and desperately missing his young wife, Chrysoula, he kept an intimate journal to preserve his experiences for her.

Translated by his daughter, Helen Electrie Lindsay, Electris’s entries and letters come together in Written on the Knee. Fully illustrated and accompanied by supporting reference material, the collection serves as both an authentic historical document of Greek involvement in WWII and a story of love, separation and family ties threatened and strengthened by war.

Often overlooked in the scope of WWII, Greece’s six-month conflict with Mussolini’s forces played a pivotal role in the war’s outcome. The small country’s fierce resistance against the Italians delayed Hitler’s move into the Soviet Union, which many historians believe turned the war in favor of the Allies.

From Dr. Electris’s first entry to his last, Written on the Knee captures the true story of love and war during a crucial time in modern history.

About the Author

Helen Electrie Lindsay was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. She graduated from Anatolia College and came to the US on a Fulbright scholarship to study physics. She worked for Dayton Hudson and as a engineering product manager at
MTS Systems in the Twin Cities. She is married and has two children. She translated her father's journal and compiled the book to honor her parents and as a tribute to veterans.