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Oral history interview with Mary Ackos Calof and Evelyn Ackos Ettinger

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0126.7 | RG Number: RG-50.156.0007

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Evelyn Ettinger (born February 21, 1937) and Mary Calof (born in 1939) describe their lives in Greece before and during World War II; their father being taken; their brother Sam Ackos (RG-50.156*0002) going to live in a suburb of Athens, Greece (Nea Smyrni) and hiding with a woman, Mrs. Sayianou; pretending to be Christians and attending church on Sundays; living near the Germans; visiting Mrs. Sayianou in 1956; antisemitism in Greece; their Jewish educations; being ages 14 and 12 when they immigrated to the United States; adjusting to life in the US; getting English lessons from the International Institute and the American Jewish Service; staying in an orphanage (“Herzl Camp”) immediately after the war in Greece; their mother; building their lives in Minnesota; and how their Holocaust experiences influenced their Jewish identities and practices.

Interviewee
Evelyn Ettinger
Mary Calof
Date
1987 January 31  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
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