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Elefterios S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1429) interviewed by Elaine Exarhos, Callie Pacelli, and Zelda Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1429

Videotape testimony of Elefterios S., a Greek Orthodox shepherd, who was born in Koumariá, Greece in 1914. He recalls invasion by the German and Bulgarian armies in 1941; hiding their own weapons in February 1942 rather than following orders to surrender them to the Germans; the murder of four men from his village by the occupying troops; escaping to the hills during German attempts to confiscate food and livestock; and organizing 150 men into a resistance group. Mr. S. recounts hearing of anti-Jewish measures in Trikala, the closest town where Jews lived; organizing and leading the escape of about twenty Jewish families to Agreliá; hiding two of the families in his home; German retaliation for resistance activities, including mass killings; subsequent Greek acts of revenge against the Germans; and the Jewish families' return to Trikala (some emigrated to Palestine) after the German retreat; He notes he was mayor of his village in the 1950s and 1960s and has continuing close relations with the Jewish families he saved.

S., Elefterios, 1914-
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1987
Interview Date
December 5, 1987.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Elefterios S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1429). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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