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Oral history interview with Vassilis Lentzos

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.6 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0006

Vassilis Lentzos, born January 4, 1930 in Ioannina, (Central Western) Greece, describes his experience as a Greek Christian during the Italian/German occupation (1941-1944); his family, which was comprised of his parents, two sisters, his brother, and himself (the youngest); living on 27 Eakidon Street; his father, who was a mason; working as a taxi driver for 40 years; his family having no Jewish friends because their house was a couple of kilometers from the Castro (Castle)/Old Town, where the majority of the Jews lived; the lack of distinctions between Jews and Christians; the Jews, who were mostly merchants and sold cloths, fabrics, china, etc, primarily on Anexarticia Street; the occupation by the Italians, who were relatively friendly and interacted with the locals; the occupatuion by the Germans, who were unfriendly and tough; the Germans marking the Jewish homes and stores with the Star of David; the roundup of Jews on a cold morning in the area of Kyra Frosini, after which they were guarded by German soldiers and Greek policemen and marched to the Church of Agios Nicolaos, where they put them on 50 to 100 army trucks and transported away; observing this scene from some distance and not recognizing anyone; the few Jews who escaped by hiding in friends’ houses and/or joining the partisans in the surrounding mountains; the looting and occupation of Jewish homes and stores after the deportation; the few Jews who returned after the war and reclaimed their property; and knowing one Jew (Salvador) before the occupation, who survived the war by joining the partisans.

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Lentzos, Vassilis
interview:  2014 November 13
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:09:33
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