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Oral history interview with Evangelos Voliotis

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2014.530.45 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0045

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    Oral history interview with Evangelos Voliotis

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    Interview Summary
    Evangelos Voliotis, born in Volos, Central Greece, describes his experience as a Christian during the German occupation, 1940-1945; his family which was comprised of his father (Apostolos), mother, sister, and brother (born after the war); being born in the clinic of Dr. Cohen, a good friend of his father, and a well-known Jewish doctor in Volos; living in the village of Agios Vlasios, about 10 miles east of Volos; their farm which was about 10 miles outside the village; raising sheep and cultivating olives, apples, and vegetables; the few Jewish families in Agios Vlasios; hiding two Jewish families from Volos for five months during the occupation; Greek right-wing German collaborators arriving at the farm and capturing one of the Jewish men who was hiding with them (he was eventually sent to the concentration camps and perished); the relocation of the hidden Jewish families to the village of Tsagarada higher up on mount Pelion (they survived and eventually went to Israel); his father’s recognition after the war as Righteous Among the Nations; the suffering of the people in Volos during the German occupation, while the surrounding villagers fared better; the Germans’ pillaging of villages close Volos; how a lot of Jews of Volos found shelter in these villages and survived; not knowing what happened to Dr. Cohen; the burning of Agios Vlasios and murder of 33 men on May 13, 1944 because one of the German soldiers was shot and injured by a villager; the arrest and hanging of seven others suspected as left-wing partisans; attempting to escape with his grandfather; and the shooting and death of his grandfather in front of him.
    Interviewee
    Evangelos Voliotis
    Interviewer
    Anna Nomikou
    Date
    interview:  2016 April 19
    Geography
    creation: Athens (Greece)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    Language
    Greek
    Extent
    1 digital file : MPEG-4.

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    Provenance
    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.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-16 09:33:50
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