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MOIS YUSSUROUM

Mois (Maurice) Yousouroum hails from a historical Greek Jewish family. His grandfather, Bochor, came from Smyrna to Athens in 1860 and opened an antique shop on the corner of Karaiskaki and Ermou streets. Ever...

JEWISH RESISTANCE IN OCCUPIED EUROPE

The widespread perception that the Jewish populations of Europe were led blindly and obediently like "sheep to the slaughter" to Hitler's death camps does not accurately reflect historical reality. The best proof that instead of...

The Greek resistance and the Jews, 1941–1944

Although the available data is limited and fragmentary, it is estimated that about 650 Jewish men and women, from almost all the Jewish communities in the country, enlisted in the various resistance groups from...

FROM THE GHETTOS OF THESSALONIKI TO THE PARTISANS

Of the 55,250 Thessaloniki Jews, about 400 managed to make their way to partisan-held territory in Greece. Apart from those who were already in other areas, a few dozen brave teams left the city’s...

THESSALY: PARTISAN CRADLE

More than 100 Jews from Larissa, Volos, Trikala and Karditsa were active in the national-liberation struggle. Louiza Negrin was arrested and imprisoned by the Italians at a rally in Larissa in March 1943. Allegra...

JEWISH WARRIORS IN ROUMELI

Central Greeceor “Roumeli” was at the heart of "Free Greece". It was where the ELAS General Headquarters was based, along with five guerrilla regiments and a vast organisational network. Over a period of 15...

COMBATANTS AND INTELLECTUALS IN EPIRUS

In Epirus, the dense German encampments, the difficulty of the terrain and cohesion between the communities meant that some Jews of Ioannina and Arta found themselves outside the encirclement in September 1943. The "undisciplined"...

RESISTANCE PRESS IN THE MOUNTAINS

Just as powerful as bullets were the words of the partisans. Thousands of leaflets and hundreds of publications circulated illegally in villages and occupied towns. The strict censorship regime made it imperative to issue...

THE TRAINBUSTERS OF OLYMPOS

One of the special partisan units was the elite “Engineers Company” of the ΙELAS Division, operating in the Mt Olympos region, under the command of Lieut. Antonis Angeloulis (“Vratsanos”). Among the 250 partisans of...

DANELOS ALCHANATIS

Danelos Alchanatis was born in Athens in 1922. After completing the historical 8th Boys’ Gymnasium (high school) on Koumoundourou Square, he enrolled to study architecture at Athens Polytechnic. When the Germans occupied Athens, he...