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Emily V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1372) interviewed by Bob Jacobson and Elanore L. Lampner,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1372

Videotape testimony of Emily V., who was born in Patras (Patrai), Greece in 1913. She recalls moving to Athens; marriage and return to Patrai in 1934; her daughter's birth in 1936; the outbreak of war in 1940; her husband's army service in Albania; his return in 1941; the benign Italian occupation; her second daughter's birth in 1942; German occupation in 1942; and fleeing a round-up in October 1943. Mrs. V. describes the arduous journey to Mikhalaīika; hiding with a non-Jewish family; receiving food and money from non-Jewish friends in Patrai; escaping to Karoūsian during a German search of Mikhalaīika, when the Germans burned their hosts' home; returning to Mikhalaīika; fleeing to another village when all Mikhalaīika was destroyed; and liberation in October 1944. She recalls returning to Patrai; receiving their valuables held by non-Jewish friends; the births of two more children; emigration to the United States in 1956; and their continuing friendship with the family that hid them. Mrs. V. notes many non-Jews who assisted them and the deaths of many family members who were deported or in hiding.

V., Emily, 1913-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
June 3, 1990.
Patra (Greece)
Athens (Greece)
Karoūsian (Greece)
Mikhalaīika (Greece)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Emily V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1372). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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