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Oral history interview with Michail Zaraftis

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.39 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0039

Michail Zaraftis, born in 1929 in Simi, Greece, describes his experience as a Greek Christian during the occupation, 1940-1945; his family, including his father, mother, two brothers, and one sister; moving with his family to Rhodes when his father died; living in a wooden hut on Tripolemou Street, very close to the Jewish neighborhood; working as a cobbler; interacting with the Jews; the diverse Rhodes community; the antisemitic myths told to Christian children; his memories of two Jewish families, the Rahami family and the Binou family; the Italian occupation; the German occupation, beginning in September 1943; starvation during the German occupation; seeing corpses in the streets; the roundup of Jews and their detainment on a soccer field for a day or two before they were moved to the hotel Soleil; the disappearance of the Jews; knowing one Jew who returned after the war, Rojine Rahami; Christian neighbors looting the Jewish homes after the deportation; Christian neighbors occupying Jewish homes; looting and occupying homes along with other Christians (his family took over a two-story house for some time); and buying another Jewish home later.

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Zaraftis, Michail
Nomikou, Anna
interview:  2016 March 08
creation: Rhodes (Greece)
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:11:18
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