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Oral history interview with Michail Panagos

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.40 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0040

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Michail Panagos, born on April, 22, 1934 in Rhodes, Greece, describes his experience as a Christian during the occupation, 1940-1945; growing up an only child; his father, who was a leather goods merchant, and his mother, who was a milliner in his father’s shop; his father leaving them when Michail was very young; living with his mother and grandmother, Christina, who was the breadwinner and worked in a carpet factory owned by a Jew named Modiano; living in the Jewish neighborhood; playing with Jewish children; the Italian occupation; the German occupation; Christians children continuing to visit the synagogue and helping the Jewish families to light fires at the beginning of Shabbat; Jews having to wear the symbol X on their backs; the Germans requiring the Jews to present themselves at the Soleil Hotel; the deportation of the Jews; the locals’ attempts to find gold rumored to have been buried by the Jews before they were deported; and the numerous Jews he remembers from before the war, including Rahamis, Alhadef Izi, Kapelouto, Soriano Elio, Iliko, and Modiano Loukia.

Interviewee
Michail Panagos
Interviewer
Anna Nomikou
Date
2016 March 09  (interview)
Geography
creation : Rhodes (Greece)
Language
Greek
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2019-01-15 13:38:07
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