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By Maria Gregoriou

The Droushia Heights Hotel in Paphos is not all about the relaxation, the bonding with nature and the sightseeing, it also has an educational side to it.

Anyone who is in Paphos on Friday can get a taste of what the hotel has to offer in terms of lectures as it will be hosting Wally Oppenheim (a retired history teacher) who will be talking about Cyprus in the First World War.

Although our island was never a battlefield during WWI, it did play an active part in the war nonetheless.

Thousands of Cypriots volunteered for the Greek campaign. During this time the British authorities worried about the Turkish Cypriots given their links with the Ottoman Empire, which was considered unfriendly to Britain.

Listening stations were set up to intercept Turkish radio messages, while reports indicated that spies may have been smuggled into Turkey.

The island was also used as a convalescent home for many wounded British soldiers and at the same time housed Turkish prisoners.

There is also a rumored story about how the British offered Cyprus to Greece in the middle of the war, an offer which Greece turned down.

Oppenheim, who will be leading the presentation, has lived in Cyprus for five years. He leads three different history groups in Paphos. He also writes a monthly article on history for Pals Magazine.

And while you are there it is a shame to not stay the night or at least have dinner before you leave.

There will be a buffet right after the lecture at the special price of €14 per person. And, if you do decide to stay at the hotel, there is also a special accommodation price of €40 per person.

Cyprus in the First World War
Lecture by Wally Oppenhiem. January 30. Droushia Heights Hotel, Paphos. 6.30pm. Tel: 26-332200

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