600 Days In Hiding: A Jewish Family in Nazi-Occupied Thessaloniki, Greece
A gripping tale of survival in Nazi-occupied Greece… In April 1941 the Nazis invaded Thessaloniki, Greece. Within two years, the city’s Jews were shipped by cattle cars to the Auschwitz death camp. Approximately 56,000 Jews lived in Thessaloniki before the occupation and only 1,800 survivors eventually returned after the war ended. There were just three Jewish families that survived because of the courage and kindness of Greek citizens who risked their lives by hiding them in their homes. Among the survivors were Andrew “Andreas” Algava, who was three years old at the time, and his family. They were five of the 56,000 Jews who lived in Thessaloniki. Algava, who moved to the United States at the age of seven, has written a gripping account of his experience as a survivor titled 600 Days in Hiding. His family’s memoir stands beside such classics of Holocaust literature as The Diary of Anne Frank, Elie Wiesel’s Night, Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz, and Nechama Tec’s Defiance.