The Attic orators, from Antiphon to Isaeos, by R. C. Jebb by Richard Claverhouse Jebb
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The Germans pushed us brutally into the wagons. Inside there was nothing, just planks on the ﬂoor, a big empty can in the middle, and a smaller one with water. In a corner, I saw three crates of raisins and carrots. qxp:Andy Q7 9/12/08 17:08 Page 27 LIFE IN GREECE BEFORE THE DEPORTATION 27 would need to stay seated throughout the journey. I immediately sat in a corner near the window. Men were starting to turn up near the station to start work – this is why the Germans wanted to hurry, so as not to attract too much attention.
We never left them alone, we were always asking for a little bit. In the end, my mother had none left for herself. I have kept these memories, even if they make me sad. I’ve often thought about what I could have done to help my mother. I loved her so much and I know that she was especially fond of me. Her name was Doudoun Angel Venezia. I know all the sacriﬁces she made for us, I made an effort to help her as much as I could, but I’d like to have done more. But I was still young and I, too, wanted to enjoy life.
I was barely twelve years old. qxp:Andy Q7 9/12/08 17:08 Page 3 LIFE IN GREECE BEFORE THE DEPORTATION 3 And what did your older brother do? He was sent by the Italian consulate to study in Milan. My father had fought in the First World War, and he was an Italian citizen, so he’d had the right to certain privileges. And that also meant we had one fewer mouth to feed. When the racial laws were passed in Italy in 1938, my brother was excluded from the Marchioni Technical Institute in Milan and sent back to Greece.