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Oral history interview with Eleni Kanaki Diamandopoulou

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

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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.

Interviewee
Eleni Diamandopoulou
Date
2014 November 14  (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: 2018-04-09 11:41:15
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