Monday, October 24, 2005

The Belelis' of Ioannina

The KKJ website (see previous post) has obtained from the Bundarchives in Koblenz, Germany, the records of the 1960 Greek Jews deported (1850 eventually killed) from Ioannina on March 25, 1944. 24 of those people were named Belelis, all probably related to me, since that is my real surname. What fastidious record keepers those Nazis were! Of course they also received help from those lovely folks at IBM. Here's a link to a book written on the subject. The Bundarchives also provides the images for this slide show of those that were deported that day in March. Here is an excerpt from the KKJ site written about the deportation.

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