The Suffering of Greek Jewry

(November 12, 1943)


More than half of Greece is now in the hands of the partisans. The Greeks help the Jews to hide and escape, and the partisans take them in. London's radio call to the Greeks to come to the assistance of the Jews also had a positive influence. On the other hand, the German authorities have announced that any Greek caught hiding a Jew will be sent to a labor camp. Jews are prohibited from going out after 5 p.m.

When it became clear that mixed couples would be exempt from decrees, about 3,000 intermarriages took place in Athens. There are additional labor camps for Jews in Joannina and in other parts of the country. Hundreds of Jews work in road construction and in the construction of the Athens-Salonika railway-track. Their living conditions are unbearable. They live in ragged tents, do not receive clothing and are fed only beans in hot water. They are forbidden to drink water while working. A Jew suffering from a fever of over 37.5 degrees is immediately shot, since the Germans fear the spread of contagious diseases. Heading the Gestapo is S.S General Stroobe, who is assisted by Rosenberg, founder and head of the police battalions known to us from Poland.

Source: "HED HAMIZRACH" NEWSPAPER, NOVEMBER 12, 1943.


Source: Yad Vashem