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Oral history interview with Kostandinos Kotandinidis

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.24 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0024

Konstandinos (Kostas) Konstandinidis, born in 1923 in the village of Agios Ioannis, Greece (close to the town of Katerini, Central/Eastern Greece), describes his experience as a Greek Christian in Thessaloniki (Salonika), Greece, during the German occupation (1941-1943); his father, who was born in Strognitsa (now Skopje, Macedonia) and worked as a teacher in Agios Ioannis; his mother, who was born in Natalia, Turkey; his two brothers, one mechanical engineer, and the other, a mathematician; studying agriculture at the University of Thessaloniki; his family moving to Thessaloniki in 1935; living on Vlasiou Gavriilidi Street in a neighborhood that had no Jews; the two Jewish students at his elementary school and the eight Jewish students at his high school; his Jewish friend (last name Gatenio); not noticing any difference in how the Jewish students were treated by the teachers or the other students; graduating from high school in 1940; the German occupation of Thessaloniki; working at the Alatini Mill (a rather big mill at the time, owned by Jews, the Alatini family), which was producing hardtack for the Greek Army, and leaving the mill when the Germans took over; his cousin, Manolis, working as a translator for the Germans; his uncle’s (Georgios Karageorgiou) interactions with the Jewish community in the neighborhood around the church of Agia Triada and Evzonon Street; dating a Jewish girl (last name Perahia) and her deportation during the war; the round up of Jews in Eleutherias (Liberty) square and the subsequent deportation in the fall of 1943; offering to help his friend Gatenio escape and his friend declining the offer; watching as the Jews were led from the square to the train station to be transported to the camps; and the pillaging of Jewish homes and stores after the deportation.

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Kostandinos Kotandinidis
Renna Molho
interview:  2015 June 27
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 09:33:41
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