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Oral history interview with Tannas Eleftherios

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.22 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0022

Eleftherios (also known as Napoleon) Tannas, born in October 1926 in the neighborhood of Archimandriou Church in Ioannina, Greece, describes his experience as a Greek Christian in Ioannina during the German occupation (1941–1943); his father, who was a porter and the family was poor; his mother, who was from Turkish Asia Minor; his six siblings Anastasia (born circa 1930) and Marika (born circa 1935); moving with his family to the area inside the Castle of Ioannina; quitting school in 1936 at the age of 10 and starting work in a coffee shop to help his family; the Jewish children in his elementary school; the good relations between Jews and non-Jews; the Jewish stores in town; the Jewish doctor, Dr. Kofinas, who served the people of Castle; the Italian occupation of Ioannina at the beginning of the war; the worse conditions during the German occupation; the roundup and deportation of the Jews in open military trucks during the winter of 1943; the theft of Jewish belongings; and the Jewish organization formed after the war, the Heirless Property and Jewish Rehabilitation Fund (O.P.A.I.E.), which managed the estates of the people lost in the concentration camps.

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Eleftherios, Tannas
Molho, Renna
interview:  2015 June 26
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:11:24
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