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Oral history interview with Kostandinos Bozinis

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.25 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0025

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Konstandinos Bozinis, born on July 9, 1928 in the village of Arnissa, North/Western Greece, describes his experience as a Greek Christian in Thessaloniki (Salonika), Greece, during the German occupation (1941-1943); his father Nikolaos, who worked for the Trains of the Greek State (SEK or Sidiródromi Ellinikoú Krátous); his two older brothers and younger sister; moving with his family to Thessaloniki around 1925; studying law and business administration; living on 41 Fintiou Street, close to the old train station; moving to 6 Doxatou Street; the lack of Jews in their immediate neighborhood and only having two Jewish classmates in high school; how the area near the old train station had small, improvised houses occupied by poor Jews and the area close to his neighborhood had one and two story houses, occupied by middle class Jews; the conditions during the German occupation of Thessaloniki; Jews being ordered to wear a yellow star; the arrest and deportation of Jews; his father’s Jewish friends, two of whom offered to give him their stores when they were gone, offers he did not accept; the looting of Jewish homes the day when the Jews were taken away; seeing furniture and other personal things taken out and carried away; how everyone thought the Jews were going to work camps, but after a while they understood they were taken to concentration camps and killed; the rumors that the soap used at the time, was produced from the fat of the Jews; and the Greeks who collaborated with the Germans, including the Security Battalions (Tagmata Asfalias or Germanotsoliades).

Interviewee
Kostandinos Bozinis
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 10:47:03
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