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Emanuel A. and Lily A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3007) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3007

Videotape testimony of Emanuel A. and his wife Lily A. Mr. A. was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1916. He recounts studying medicine in Athens; membership in the Communist Party; joining the EAM resistance after German invasion; organizing the rescue of Jews with others, sending them to Greek islands, Turkey, and Palestine; assistance from Greeks and the Orthodox Church; joining partisans in the Parnethas Mountains in September 1943; treating the wounded; liberation in October 1944; returning to Athens in April 1945; learning his sister and parents survived by hiding in Macedonia; resuming medical studies; working with the Joint; and becoming active in the Jewish community.
Ms. A. was born in Thessalonikē in 1929, the oldest of three daughters. She recalls her father's wealth and prominence in the community; ghettoization; her father's non-Jewish friend offering to hide them; her father obtaining false papers for them; being smuggled out of the ghetto; staying at the friend's home with her parents and sisters from April 1943 until liberation in October 1944; moving to Athens in 1945; and her father's efforts to rebuild the Jewish community. Ms. A. notes her large, extended family were all killed when they were deported, except one cousin.

Author/Creator
A., Emanuel, 1916-
Published
Athens, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
December 9, 1994.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Emanuel A. and Lily A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3007). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.