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Oral history interview with Dimitris Korakis

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.530.5 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0005

Dimitris Korakis, born on February 5, 1933 in Ioannina, Greece, describes his experience as a Greek Christian during the Italian/German occupation, 1941-1944; his family, including his father (Nasios), his mother (Eleni or Lego), his brothers (Costas, Nikos, and Giannis), and his sister; being the youngest child; originally living in a house on Megalou Alexandrou Street; his father’s work as a vegetable grower and his professional relationship with a Jewish grocer, Davi; his family’s social interactions with Davi and his family; the good relations between Christians and Jews before the war; moving in 1941 for a year to avoid bombardments and staying in a friend’s (Thomas Porkas) house, inside the Castle of Ioannina (old town); meeting and socializing with more Jews; attending an elementary school with a lot of Jewish children; the Italian occupation; how life changed during the German occupation; not suffering too much because of his family’s farm; the marking of Christian houses in Ioannina, at which time civilians worried about the Jews; his father’s suggestion to Davi and others to leave town; his brother, Costas, who was involved with the Partisans from ELAS (Hellenic People’s Liberation Army) and was using the family boat to transport people on the opposite side of the lake and escape to the mountains; the various reasons why Jews decided to stay and not flee; the roundup and deportation of Jews on March 25, 1944; watching as trucks full of Jews left Ioannina and seeing Davi and his family on a truck; his father’s reaction to Davi’s deportation; the rumors about Germans and collaborators robbing Jewish houses and stores; Costas being sent to prison after the war because of his participation in ELAS, which was a left leaning organization; and his future career, during which he became the Director of the Ioannina Municipal Hospital and later the Hatzikostas Hospital.

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Korakis, Dimitris
interview:  2014 November 12
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: 2022-06-16 10:16:11
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