Emanuel A. and Lily A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3007) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Athens, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- December 9, 1994.
- 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.
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.