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Oral history interview with Margarita Kazamia

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

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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.

Interviewee
Margarita Kazamia
Interviewer
Renna Molho
Date
2015 June 28  (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 10:47:18
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