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Oral history interview with Alkiviadis Sidiropoulos

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

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.


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Interviewee
Alkiviadis Sidiropoulos
Interviewer
Renna Molho
Date
interview:  2015 July 01
Language
Greek
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
 
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:49:54
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