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Oral history interview with Eleni Kanaki Diamandopoulou

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2014.530.9 | RG Number: RG-50.855.0009

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    Oral history interview with Eleni Kanaki Diamandopoulou


    Interview Summary
    Eleni Diamandopoulou, born in 1928 in the neighborhood of Kato Toumba in Thessaloniki, Greece, describes her experience as a Greek Christian during the years of the German Occupation, 1941-1944; her family, which was comprised of her father Lefteris, mother Penelope, brother Dimitris, and two sisters; being the youngest child; life in Kato Toumba, which is close to the then Jewish “Settlement 151,” which was an area where poor Jews lived; her father’s dairy (yogurt) shop, where his son Dimitris also worked; how her family did not have any Jewish friends, but her father had Jewish customers, and the family used to buy things from Jewish merchants; her family never having any problems with the Jews; the suffering of all civilians during the occupation; the lack of food; her family bartering their Singer sewing machine (a prized possession) and items from the girls’ dowries to the surrounding villages for wheat, corn, and other food; details on Settlement 151, including the small houses and crowded conditions; the Germans turning the settlement into a ghetto and moving Jews from other areas into it; her memories of Almpertos, who had a textiles shop in the town center and was coming every Sunday to get paid, and Tzakos who was selling pepper from door to door; the numerous peddler Jews selling things from door to door; her brother Dimitris, who joined the National Resistance but did not go to fight in the mountains and instead collected cloths, food, and other provisions for the partisans; Dimitris helping a number of young Jews escape; the three young Jews who stayed in their house before they were taken by her brother to join the partisans; the partisans’ storeroom of clothing; and her brother’s death during the war while working for the Resistance.
    Eleni Diamandopoulou
    interview:  2014 November 14
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

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    This is a witness interview of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Witnesses: The Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative, a multi-year project to record the testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses to the Holocaust. The interview was directed and supervised by Nathan Beyrak.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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