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Oral history interview with Stella Simomokiou

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

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    Oral history interview with Stella Simomokiou


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Stella Simomokiou
    Anna Nomikou
    interview:  2016 April 21
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

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    Administrative Notes

    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.
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