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Oral history interview with Mary Ackos Calof and Evelyn Ackos Ettinger

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

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    Oral history interview with Mary Ackos Calof and Evelyn Ackos Ettinger


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Evelyn Ettinger
    Mary Calof
    Rhoda G. Lewin
    interview:  1987 January 31

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    1 sound cassette (90 min.).

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    The interview with Mary Ackos Calof and Evelyn Ackos Ettinger was conducted by Rhoda G. Lewin on January 31, 1987, as part of a Holocaust oral history project sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council, Anti-Defamation League of Minnesota and the Dakotas. The interview was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in October 1992.
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