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The Oral History Archive of the Jewish Museum of Greece (OHA)

The OHA today contains a total of 125 interviews, 69 by men and 55 by women, 14 in audio and the rest in audio-visual...

The Testimony

Every testimony contributes to an anthropocentric view of history, providing narratives “from below”, through experiences and impressions of the people themselves. The existence of...

Iakov Maestro (1927)

Biography: Iakov Maestro was born in Thessaloniki in 1927. His father, Isaac Maestro, died in 1934, leaving the family with no means. The whole family,...

Naki Bega (1927)

Biography: Esther (Naki) Matathia-Bega was born in Trikala in 1927. She was the youngest child of the family and had two older sisters, Anna and...

Mordochai Mayo (1928)

Biography: Mordochai Mayo was born in Kastoria in 1928. Both of his parents, Iakov and Rifka, née Faratzis, were Jews from Kastoria. He had two...

Zanet Nachmia (1924)

Biography: Zanet Nachmia was born in Ioannina in 1925, daughter of Haïm and Rebecca, née Mordochai. They had six children and lived inside the kastro...

Cohen sisters: Paloba Matathia and Riketta Cohen (1937), Vida-Veta Mioni (1939)

77Biographies: Paloba (Pavlina) Matathia (PM) was born in 1937 in Thessaloniki, with her twin sister Riketta (Rina) Cohen (RC). Two years later the family had...

Zakis Hatzis (1931 – 2018)

Biography: Zakis Hatzis was born in Ioannina in 1931. Even before the war, however, his family had settled in Athens. His father Leon was from...

Esther Florentin (1932)

Biography: Esther Florentin was born in Thessaloniki in 1932. Her father was Benzion Altsech and her mother Kleri, née Matalon. She had a younger brother,...

Sabetai (Mimis) Bezas (1931 – 2019)

Biography: Mimis Bezas was born in Thessaloniki in 1931 to Moys and Sarina, née Barouch. His father sold bicycles and also had a small spare...

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