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Oral history interview with Nikolaos Meggoudis

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.31 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0031

Nikolaos Meggoudis, born on July 12, 1922 in Apoloniada, Asia Minor, Turkey, describes his father (Panayiotis) and mother (Vasiliki); his family’s migration in 1923 to Kastoria, Western Macedonia, Greece; his experiences as a Christian Greek before and during the Holocaust; the Jewish population in Kastoria; living in the neighborhood around Mitropoleos Street; not having any Jewish friends; knowing three Jewish brothers who owned a grocery store; how Jews and Christians had business dealings but not social interactions and mixed marriages were unheard of; the rumors about Jews within the Christian community; his memories of Jews wearing Stars of David and the marking of their houses with swastikas during the war; seeing Jews in the yard of a school waiting to be deported; the looting of Jewish homes after the deportations; a German named Douda, who terrorized and killed people; several Jewish men who escaped to join the resistance before the German occupation; how many of the Jews in Kastoria did not escape because a Polish Jew convinced them that the Germans would not harm them; and the small number of Jews who returned from the concentration camps.

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Nikolaos, Meggoudis
Molho, Renna
interview:  2015 June 30
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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