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Oral history interview with Stefanos Dovas

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.19 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0019

Stefanos Dovas, born in 1924 in the village of Perama in Central/Western Greece, describes his experience as a Greek Christian during the German occupation (1941 – 1943); his family’s farm; his two brothers and four sisters; going to Ioannina often and doing business with a Jew by the name of Naoum Matsas, who had a store with dairy products; other Jews he knew, including Samikos Matsas, Michelle, Samikos, and Negrin; life during the occupation, which was okay because the villagers could be sustained by their farms and animals and the Germans did not bother them much; how in Ioannina people suffered from hunger and a lot of them would go to the village to barter; everyone being fearful of the Germans, but more fearful of the Greek collaborators, like Thomas Zarkalis and Athanasios Simos; his memories of Saturday, March 25 (1943?) when the Germans captured the Jews of Ioannina and put them on open trucks; how there were about 30 trucks in the village square along with smaller cars and motorcycles at the front and back of the convoy that held armed Germans guards; hearing the Jews crying and calling the villagers for help; a couple, Samikos Matsas and Michelle, who jumped out of the trucks and were saved by the villagers; Samikos Matsas staying with the Dovas family for about three years, and Michelle staying with another family; other people who helped the Jews, including Thomas Arkalis, Michael Tsingas, and Michael Gogos; how after the Germans took the Jews away, Christians burglarized their stores and houses; witnessing the looting; Samikos Matsas and Michelle returning to Ioannina after the liberation and finding their belongings; and a different Samikos who came back from the concentration camps and was also helped by the Dovas family until he could support himself.


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Interviewee
Stefanos Dovas
Interviewer
Renna Molho
Date
interview:  2015 June 25
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 15:49:52
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