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Oral history interview with Michail Zaraftis

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

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    Oral history interview with Michail Zaraftis


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Michail Zaraftis
    Anna Nomikou
    interview:  2016 March 08
    creation: Rhodes (Greece)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Zaraftis, Michail, 1929-

    Administrative Notes

    This is a witness interview of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Witnesses: The Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative, a multi-year project to record the testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses to the Holocaust. The interview was directed and supervised by Nathan Beyrak.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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