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Oral history interview with Dimitris Stathis

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

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.

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Stathis, Dimitris
Molho, Renna
interview:  2015 June 25
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 20:09:34
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