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Oral history interview with Vassiliki Avaropoulou Athiridou

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.49 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0049

Vassiliki Athyridou, born in 1911 in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, describes her experiences during the German occupation; her father, mother, and sister; her father’s work as a distiller; her husband Marcos, who was a dyes merchant; their daughter and son; attending school with a number of Jewish schoolmates; her husband and father having business dealings with Jewish merchants; the Jewish population of Thessaloniki before the war; the cultural assumptions about Jews; her parents’ home on Miaouli Street until April 1941 when the Germans appropriated their house for a hospital; the numerous Jews living on Miaouli Street; her parents’ move to Gravias Street; the restrictions placed on Jews; Jews selling or giving away their possessions because they expected to be moving out of Thessaloniki; her mother buying Christofle fine china set; hearing about the hiding of two Jewish children by a local doctor; and hiding two Jews (Janine and Janette Asael) for two weeks in 1944.

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Athiridou, Vassiliki Avaropoulou
Nomikou, Anna
interview:  2016 April 21
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 19:51:55
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