Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Salvatore and Lili Katan - August 18, 1981


All right before we talk about that, can I ask you just a little bit about family life in, in Salonika? What, what, what did your father do, for example?

SK: My father used to be a bricklayer. And uh, my brother used to work in the port. My oldest brother in the port.

How many brothers did you have?

SK: Four brothers and one sister. And uh, my sister used to be in the house. And uh, my youngest brother, he used to go to school. And, uh...

Did you have a large family?

SK: Four brothers...


SK: Oh, besides that--aunts and uncles? Yeah all of them. As a matter of a fact, everyone went to Auschwitz.

LK: You know, may I ask you something?

SK: Sure, of course.

LK: I've never asked you about that and I'm married to you for so many years, how many members did you lose in the camps?

SK: From my family?

LK: Would you remember? Do you recall the numbers?

SK: From my mother's or my father's side?

LK: All your family: aunts, uncles, cousins. What would you say how many?

SK: I would say it was...

LK: Don't figure now, approximate, approximate.

SK: Approximate about twenty-five, twenty-five, twenty-eight, something like that.

And they all lived nearby?

SK: In Salonika. All near ???

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