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Oral history interview with Evanthia Antonakaki

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.36 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0036

Evanthia Antonakaki (née Anthoula), born on September 12, 1930 in Chania, on the Greek island of Crete, describes her experience as a Greek Christian during the German Occupation (1941-1945); her father, mother, three brothers, and one sister; living at 24 Kountouriotou Street (or Akti Kountourioti) in a building that was a hotel, owned and managed by her father; the German occupation of Chania and the German use of their hotel as a headquarters; her family maintaining two rooms while the Germans occupied the rest of the building; being relatively comfortable while the building was used as a headquarters, but experiencing severe hunger afterwards; the Jewish neighborhood, called “Evraika”, which was in the area bordered by the streets of Zambeliou to the north, Skoufon to the west, and Kondilaki to the east; how the Jewish neighborhood was very close to her house, but she and her family did not have any Jewish friends; how most of the Jews were well off, well educated, decent people, and were well integrated in the community; being rather young during the occupation and not remembering any Jewish names, other than Mr. Minervos (who survived and returned to Chania and inherited a substantial amount of money) and a very wealthy family named Cohen (they lived in a big house on Eletheriou Venizelou Street, outside “Evraika”); attending the same elementary school as the Rabbi’s grandson; the roundup of the Jews early one morning and their detention in the building currently used by the Museum of Chania; the detainment of the Jews for several days; seeing the Jews walking in front of her house, crying, waving goodbye, and telling their neighbors that they would not see them again; the loading of the Jews on a ship which was then torpedoed and sunk in the open sea, killing everybody on board; and her friendship with the only Jew currently living in Chania, Nikos Stavroulakis.

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Evanthia Antonakaki
Anna Nomikou
interview:  2016 March 07
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:51:54
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