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Oral history interview with Michail Panagos

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

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.

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Panagos, Michail
Nomikou, Anna
interview:  2016 March 09
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: 2022-07-28 19:51:54
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