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Oral history interview with Dionysis Anagnostopoulos

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.14 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0014

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Dionysis Anagnostopoulos, born on August 31, 1931 in the town of Drama, in the Northeast part of Greece, describes his experience as a Greek Christian before and during the Bulgarian occupation (1941-1944); his family’s origins in the Epirus region in Northwestern Greece; his father, who was a tailor trained in France; his five siblings; living in a large house in Drama, where he still lives; how there were no Jews in his neighborhood or school, but his father did a lot of business with local Jews; his memories of several Jews (whom he names) in Drama and the nearby town of Kavala; the good relations between the mixed population of Drama before the war; the Bulgarian takeover of the administrative control of Drama in February 1941; the efforts taken by the Bulgarians to abolish the Greek language and the Greek Christian Orthodox religion in Northeastern Greece; Bulgarian citizens settling in the region and taking over a number of Greek houses; the effects of the occupation on his father’s business; how the Bulgarians enticed the Christians and Armenians to register with them (and support the new system); his brother’s attempt to escape to the German-occupied area; the “Great Slaughter” on September 29, 1941 when the Bulgarians killed many citizens in Drama; the Jewish community of Drama, which numbered about 1,200 people; the requirement for Jews to wear the Star of David on their lapels and put the star on the doors of their houses; the gathering of Jews in a tobacco warehouse in the area of Agia Varvara, where they stayed for a few days before being marched to the train station and deported to the concentration camps; the Jews from Drama who survived the war, including Mois Pesah, Mordechai, Tsimino, and the Khaki family; and his view of the claims made by Bulgarians regarding the rescue of Jews.

Interviewee
Dionysis Anagnostopoulos
Date
2014 November 16  (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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