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Oral history interview with Lily Molho

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.171.3 | RG Number: RG-50.426.0003

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Lily Molho, born in Salonica (Thessaloníki), Greece in 1916, describes how she, her husband Saul, and her son Antonakis (Anthony) survived the Holocaust by going into hiding; the German invasion of Greece in 1941; how the Jewish community of Thessaloníki was divided into ghettos; how the German officers entered Jewish homes to take whatever they wanted; being forced to leave their baby son first in Thessaloníki and then in the Monastery of Divine Providence in Athens, Greece, while she worked as a cook and maid and her husband joined the Greek Partisan Party (EAM); changing their family name to Panayotidou; being protected in the Monastery of Divine Providence by Belgian Sister Eleni Kapar, who found her employment and arranged weekly visits with Antonakis; being reunited with her husband after the war; returning to Thessaloníki and finding that their stores had been plundered; waiting for relatives to return; trying to rebuild their lives; the birth of their daughter, Marcela, in 1948; immigrating to the United States in 1955; going to Cleveland, OH; becoming a language teacher; and going to college to obtain advanced degrees.

Interviewee
Lily Molho
Date
1996 June 17  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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