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Oral history interview with Dimitris Stathis

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2014.530.18 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0018

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    Oral history interview with Dimitris Stathis


    Interview Summary
    Dimitris Stathis, born in 1933 in the village of Perama in Central/Western Greece, describes his experience as a Greek Christian during the German occupation (1941 - 1943); his father, who was a farmer of wheat, corn, and livestock; his one brother Evaggelos, who was seven years older than him; hearing the sirens at the start of the war on Monday, October 28, 1940; the Italian occupiers, who were mild in comparison to the German occupiers; the fear and hunger during the German occupation; the people from Ioannina (Christians and Jews) who came to Perama to barter their belongings for agricultural products; how he did not attend formal schooling during the occupation; his lack of Jewish friends because there were no Jews in his village; Jews in Ioannina who primarily worked as merchants; his father’s working relationship with a Jewish dairy merchant called Michel; the Jewish butcher named Nissim; his memories of Saturday, March 25 (1944), when he and his brother were taking their cows to their pasture by the airport, and saw a convoy of trucks filled with Jews of all ages (he realized they were Jews because of their accent); seeing 30-40 trucks guarded by German soldiers and hearing the people crying that they were going to be killed; hearing later that two young Jews jumped out of a truck and were hidden by the Zarkali family; the people who collaborated with the Germans, including Betivis and Tsimpris; hearing rumors that a lot of collaborators were killed by the Germans when they left; how very few Jews came back from the concentration camps; and his friendship with two Jews in Ioannina, Matsas and Zaho.
    Dimitris Stathis
    Renna Molho
    interview:  2015 June 25
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Stathis, Dimitris, 1933-

    Administrative Notes

    This is a witness interview of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Witnesses: The Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative, a multi-year project to record the testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses to the Holocaust. The interview was directed and supervised by Nathan Beyrak.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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