Testimonies from Greece

Published: 2018-01-30

Greek scholar Panagiotis Heliotis reviews a series of books written by Greek Jews who were deported to Auschwitz during the Second World War, with a focus on their description of the alleged extermination procedures. Do these stories support or undermine the orthodox Auschwitz narrative?



Oral Testimonies of the Jews from Thessaloniki about the Holocaust. What’s this you ask? This is the book we are going to focus on this time. As survivor testimonies are very important for the official storyline, it’s clear that the more of them we examine, the closer we get to the truth...

Continuing from the previous article we will examine some more testimonies from the book The Holocaust in the Testimonies of the Greek Jews. This book contains excerpts from published testimonies as well as oral ones. We will examine the most important concerning the extermination claims.

Jacob (Jacques) Stroumsa, a Jew who was deported from Greece to Auschwitz, ended up playing the violin in the camp orchestra. This brief contribution reviews some of his more interesting experiences and claims about his time in Auschwitz.

The Greek Jew Erika Kounio was deported along with her family to Birkenau in March 1943 at age 15. Due to her knowledge of German, she ended up as a secretary in the camp’s Gestapo headquarters. Her tale, first published in 1996, is the object of this analysis.

The Greek Jew Heinz Kounio was deported to Auschwitz in March 1943 at the age of 15. He and his father were put to work there. This brief article reviews Kouino’s memoirs, which were first published in 1981.

The Greek Jew Leon Cohen claims to have been a member of the infamous Auschwitz Sonderkommando in 1944 tasked with cremating the victims of mass murder. After the war, he wrote a book about his experiences, which this brief paper analyzses.

Sonderkommando Marcel Nadjari, an almost unknown witness, comes to the scene to reveal the horrors of Auschwitz thanks to a buried letter found in 1980 and restored in 2017. But how reliable is he? 

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Author(s): Panagiotis Heliotis
Title: Testimonies from Greece
Sources: Inconvenient History, various numbers of Vol. 9 and 10 (2017, 2018)
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Published: 2018-01-30
First posted on CODOH: Jan. 30, 2018, 4:03 p.m.
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