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Written on the Knee: A Diary from the Greek-Italian Front of WWII by Helen Electrie Lindsay


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 Fully illustrated and accompanied by supporting reference material, the collection serves as both an authentic historical document of Greek involvement in WWII and a story of love, separation and family ties threatened and strengthened by war.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.


Gold Medal Winner of the 2012 Branson Stars & Flags Book Award in the autobiography/memoir category

“In these pages the warm heart of a dead man beats again, his passions are re-lived, his pleasures, hardships and irritations unfold for us as if they were in the present.”

—Louis de Bernières, from his introduction

“Romantic and endearing, simple and unassuming, Written on the Knee is a beautiful memory of a period that should not be forgotten.” — Compass Book Ratings (formerly Squeaky Clean Reads)

“fascinating … a must read for history fans.” — Breeni Books

“…this is a love story, albeit, told in the context of a terrible war…From the pen of a most cultured and humane individual with a great eye for the wonders of nature, Written on the Knee deserves a wide readership…” — Athens News

“Written on the Knee offers an inside view of a campaign that became a watchword for Greek courage.” — Athens Plus

About Helen Electrie Lindsay

Lindsay was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. She graduated from Anatolia College and came to the U.S. on a Fulbright scholarship to study physics. She worked for Dayton Hudson as an engineering product manager at MTS Systems in the Twin Cities. She is married with two children and lives in Wayzata, Minnesota.

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