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Oral history interview with Stefanos Dovas

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

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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.

Interviewee
Stefanos Dovas
Interviewer
Renna Molho
Date
2015 June 25  (interview)
Language
Greek
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:45:24
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