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Oral history interview with Eleftheria Kolomvou

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.43 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0043

Eleftheria Fiotaki-Kolomvou, born in 1921 in Chania, Greece, describes her experience as a Christian during the occupation, 1940-1945; her father, mother, and two sisters; her father’s work as a teacher and principal of an elementary school; their house was in the area of Nea Chora, close to a poor Jewish neighborhood; being neighbors to one Jewish family, the Minerva family; knowing two Jewish girls in high school, one's family name was Ishaki; her Jewish piano teacher, Mrs. Ventoura; the German occupation; many Cretans, including Jews, joining the resistance and going into the mountains to fight the occupiers; the hunger and misery all over Crete; a German doctor from Vienna, Austria who stayed in their house; the relations between Jews and non-Jews; the gossip caused by Mr. Minervas and his daughter, Jennie, going every night to a German club to play the piano; watching as the Germans rounded up the Jews in their neighborhood late one night; and the deportation of Jews from the port of Souda and the sinking of the ship the Jews were on.

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Eleftheria Kolomvou
Anna Nomikou
interview:  2016 April 16
creation: Athens (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: 2021-02-26 12:22:21
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