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Oral history interview with Evangelos Voliotis

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

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.


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Interviewee
Evangelos Voliotis
Interviewer
Anna Nomikou
Date
interview:  2016 April 19
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
 
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 14:29:48
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