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Oral history interview with Kostandinos Kallinikidis

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2014.530.32 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0032

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    Oral history interview with Kostandinos Kallinikidis


    Interview Summary
    Konstantinos Kallinikidis, born in 1932 in Thessaloniki (Salonika), Greece describes his experience as a Greek Christian during the period of 1940 to 1945; his father, Pantelis, who was a doctor and specialized in dermatology and venereal diseases; living in a neighborhood in the intersection of Venizelou and Ioustinianou Streets, where there were also a number of Jewish families; his memories of two of their Jewish neighbors, Antzel and Saltiel; the Antzels, who had two sons (Ino and Sabby); his good friendship with Ino and attending the 7th elementary school with him; how before the Germans there were no distinctions or negative comments against the Jews, other than the Jews were speaking a different language, Ladino; Ino’s difficulty speaking Greek when he was very young; the good relations between Christians and Jews in their neighborhood and attending each other’s holidays; Christians and Jews going to the same bomb shelter at the basement of the city hall (then called “Caravan Serai”) during the war; moving with his family around 1942 to a new house on Ermou Street, where there were no Jews; Jews starting to wear yellow stars circa 1943; the arrest of Jews by the Germans; how his father sensed that something was very wrong and he was willing to help; being unable to help the Antzel family, who were arrested and taken away (Ino and Sabby did not survived, their father did); sheltering in their home the Leon family (children Niko and Inna) and the Matsas family for at least a week, until they found transportation to Athens; the Leon and Matsas families renting an apartment at a three-unit building in Ampelokipi that belonged to his maternal grandmother, Eusevia Miniadou; the Leons, who safely endured the war on the Island of Skopelos, where they were no Germans; continuing his friendship with the Leon family after the war; the Matsas family, who possibly immigrated to Israel; and the recognition of his family and being given a plaque of appreciation for their generosity.
    Kostandinos Kallinikidis
    Renna Molho
    interview:  2015 July 01
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

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    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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