After that the war broke up:
The British wanted to build an airport on Maleme. The villagers gave up the needed land.
Their kids were already fighting at Albania.
In the battle of Crete, German made their way to take control of Maleme airport. That would ease the way for their aircrafts to descend. That was accomplished in the battle of the second night. Until then all their planes had been destroyed by weapons, canons and especially from the 107 elevation of Vlacheronitissa. That night the British were not able to send reserves on the elevation. Telephone contact had been cut off. Information revealed that the commander of the British army on Platania decided to send a messenger on the evelation to see what had happened. The messenger never came back.
When the German army reached the evelation, Crete receded.
The village during German possession was depopulated. The residents seeked a hiding place in other villages:
After the village occupation, a part of Maleme became prisoner camp. There were 5 to 6 thousands prisoners, Greek and British, behind the bars. In this camp there was also the church of Saint George. When the Germans emptied the camp they used the church to store plane parts. That was the main reason of the constant bombing from the British army.
Maleme had also another 3 churches in the airport area. In the middle of the airport, approximately 200 meters above sea there was Saint Georges’ church. It was ruined to build the airport. Nearby there was the village cemetery and the temple of Saint Marina, which was ruined by the Germans cause it gave away the airport position from the air. Finally, Saint John whose temple was 100 meters before Tauroniti bridge was destroyed for the same reason.
The village was abandoned and depopulated during the German rule:
We lived elsewhere, anywhere anyone knew. We particularly, went to Ntere the first days. Later we went to the Lake, then to Kontomari and to Kissamo. Our village suffered a lot.
After the village was finally released from the rule, people began to build up the ruins. The school was ruined from the bombs. Underneath the ground the Germans had dug a shelter. The building was most inappropriate. Until recently the school was housed in the cultural event hall next to Saint Antonios. Today there is a school complex in Maleme.
The six grade elementary school (and nursing), gathers children from all around the villages. The cemetery was transported on a mountain side south of the village. There was built a new temple of Saint Marina, which celebrates every year on 17 july.