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Oral history interview with Margarita Kazamia

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2014.530.26 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0026

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    Oral history interview with Margarita Kazamia


    Interview Summary
    Margarita Kazamia (née Flaskidou), born on November 22, 1931 in Thessaloniki (Salonika), Greece, describes her experience as a Greek Christian in the period during the German occupation (1941-1943) and after liberation; growing up on Edmondou Rostan Street and the large number of Jews in that area; the good relations between Jews and their Christian and Armenian neighbors; her family not having any close Jewish friends; her Jewish classmates in elementary school; the few Jewish students in her high school; Jews speaking primarily Ladino as well as Greek with a slight accent; their Jewish neighbors, Madam Sterina and her daughters; how the Christian children knew of the Jewish holidays and enjoyed the Matsah during Passover and sugar dolls during Purim; her grandfather’s friendship with a rabbi; the arrival of the Germans in 1941 and the bombings; fleeing with her family to the village of Polygyros; returning to Thessaloniki and finding German soldiers occupying the first floor of their house; the hunger during the German occupation; Jews being ordered to wear a star on their chest; the gathering and deportation of all the Jews; witnessing the parade of sad, miserable people down Stratos Avenue to the train station; their neighbor, Madam Sterina, trying to kill herself rather than leave her house; none of the Sterina family returning from the concentration camps; the occupation of Jewish homes by Christians; how after the war Stela Gatenio and her children (Rita and Alberto) and her friend (Bounika) came back and settled in a house across from hers; the Gatenio eventually immigrating to Israel; befriending Elvira Naar and the Molhou family; and her sister marrying into the Molhou family.
    Margarita Kazamia
    Renna Molho
    interview:  2015 June 28
    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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