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Oral history interview with Katina Asteriadou Gounari

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.13 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0013

Katina Asteriadou Gounari, born in 1933 in Thessaloniki (Salonika) in the North Central part of Greece, describes her experience as Greek Christian during the German occupation (1941-1944); growing up in a family that was well to do; not suffering much during the war because her family had a farm outside Salonika, where they farmed wheat, olives, and sheep; the misery she witnessed around the town, where there were a lot of beggars knocking on their door; her mother giving out pieces of not very good bread made available by the government; their house, which was on Stratigou Doumpiotou Street; moving with her family to the village of Kokkalou, East of Thessaloniki, during the occupation to be safer and away from the Germans; being relatively young during this period and not remembering a lot of things; the Jewish families in her neighborhood; going to school with Jewish classmates, including Raoul, Albert, and Bella, with whom she sat on the same school bench; the lack of distinctions between people and how everybody played together; hearing antisemitic rumors from some kids, who said that the Jews were taking children to “drink their blood”, but nobody seriously believed these rumors; her mother’s Jewish friends, and how her mother acted as a wet nurse for one of her Jewish friends, Mrs. Santie; her memories of seeing a line of 50-60 Jews of all ages leaving their homes, wearing the Star of David; and how after the Jews left, their houses were looted, and eventually occupied by Christian families.

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Gounari, Katina
interview:  2014 November 16
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:51:56
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