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Oral history interview with Elias Aelion

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.614 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0614

The interview describes Mr. Aelion's childhood in Salonika (Thessaloniki), Greece; his experiences in the military from 1939-1940; his return to Salonika and his life and work there and later in Athens until its occupation by the Nazis in 1943. Mr. Aelion describes hiding in a brothel to escape capture, and witnessing the brutal capture and humiliation of many Greek Jews by Nazi soldiers. Mr. Aelion discusses his unsuccessful attempts to escape Athens, his return there, where he was hidden by an Armenian family, and his attempts to warn and shield friends and family, until their liberation in September of 1944. Mr. Aelion describes the post-war period, learning of the painful news of the death of his family in concentration camps, and his immigration to the United States in 1951, where he moved to San Francisco, learned English and became a bookkeeper.

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Elia Aelion
Sandra Bendayan
interview:  1989 September 19
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:36:12
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