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Oral history interview with Eleftheria Kolomvou

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

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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.

Interviewee
Eleftheria Kolomvou
Interviewer
Anna Nomikou
Date
2016 April 16
Geography
creation : Athens (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 13:48:25
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