Moshe Burla on Ikaria Island

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  • Photo taken in:
    Ikaria Island
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

Here I am on Ikaria Island. Both men in the photograph with me are named Andreas. The Andreas on my left worked in Pireus.

We thought that ELAS was going to set Greece free, at least Macedonia, that we were going to predominate and that we would have elections for the mass to come out and vote the party. But England got in the way, and ruined it all for the future of the Greeks. For us it was a major hit because after that arrests and deportations started – to camps, Makronisos, Ai Stratis, Ikaria. 

From Thessaloniki they took us to Limnos Island, to a luxurious school, where they gave us milk and nice rooms. But we didn’t stay long on Limnos Island because the people were very  leftist and they all came to bring us the best things in the world. Companies of people would come together from one neighborhood or factory and they would carry all kinds of products and things. The police saw what was happening and thought, ‘Well, are we going to have them well fed now or what?’ Well, of course that was out of the question, so they had to bring a boat to send us to Ikaria Island the next day. We stayed there for a long time and afterwards they took us to Makronisos and from there to Ai Stratis.

 

Interview details

Interviewee: Moshe Burla
Interviewer:
Stratos Dordanas
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2005
Thessaloniki, Greece

KEY PERSON

Moshe Burla
Year of birth:
1918
City of birth:
Cairo
Country name at time of birth:
Egypt
Occupation
before WW II:
Manuel laborer
after WW II:
Manual laborer

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