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Oral history interview with Alkiviadis Sidiropoulos

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.33 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0033

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Alkiviadis Sidiropouls, born on September 19, 1928 in Thessaloniki (Salonika), Greece, describes his experience as a Greek Christian in the period from 1935 to 1945; his father, who was an employee of the Port Authority; their apartment in one of the two government residential buildings by the port, where they stayed from 1935 to 1943; how before the German occupation all commercial transportation to and from the port was handled exclusively by Jews with horse-drawn, long flatbed carriages; the lack of Jews in the port after the occupation; Jews disguising their identities by speaking in "Spanish" (Ladino) or "Jewish" (as called by the Greeks); the two Jewish students in his elementary class and the three Jews in his high school, two of whom (Maurice Saltiel and Ionas Stroumtsas) were his friends; the arrival of the Germans in 1941; being sent with his brothers (Epaminondas and Eleftherios) to live in a village, because of the lack of food in the city; returning in 1942 when things became a little more stable; seeing on one particular day a lot of Jews silent and with grim faces coming down to the central square carrying suitcases and not realizing what was happening; the Germans forcing everyone to evacuate the government housing in 1943 and blowing up one of the two buildings in order to use the iron material to fortify the port; moving with his family to a new apartment at 25 Ntantalou Street, which was previously owned by Jews (Nissim and Eliahou Pessah), who had been taken away to concentration camps; hearing rumors that the Germans had burned all the Jews, but not believing them; and the return of some of the Jews and how they or their relatives got back their houses.

Interviewee
Alkiviadis Sidiropoulos
Interviewer
Renna Molho
Date
2015 July 01  (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 10:48:58
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