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Oral history interview with Stella Simomokiou

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.50 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0050

Stella Simomokiou, born in 1932 in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, describes her experience as a Christian during the German occupation; her father (Giannis), mother (Paraskevi), sister, and brother; her father’s machine shop; growing up well-off on Apolloniados Street, close to the intersection of the main streets of Agiou Dimitriou and Lagkada; the Jewish neighborhood across Lagkada street; not having any social interactions with Jews, except a friend of her mother's who lived close by; the Jewish population of Thessaloniki before the war; the cultural assumptions and antisemitic myths about Jews; the beginning of the war for Greece in 1940; moving with her family to the village Galatista, east of Thessaloniki, and staying there until the Germans occupied Thessaloniki in October 1941; the general fear of the Germans; the appropriation of two rooms in their house by a German officer, who was the director of the prison Pavlos Melas; the restrictions placed on Jews; many Jews asking Christian friends to safe keep merchandise, jewelry, and their children; her mother's friend asking her to keep their son and Stella’s father’s refusal; Mr. Mentezis, a textiles merchant, asking her father to keep his merchandise and her father’s refusal; the looting of Jewish homes after the deportation of the Jews; and seeing carts with Jewish household goods carted away.


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Interviewee
Stella Simomokiou
Interviewer
Anna Nomikou
Date
interview:  2016 April 21
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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