Inflation, Unemployment, Disease Rack Volos

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Inflation, Unemployment, Disease Rack Volos

Inflation, Unemployment, Disease Rack Volos

December 23, 2015

When the Orlando Plan to collect food for Volos, Greece was first organized, Orlando Morning Sentinel instructed the Associated Press to send L.S. (Soc) Chakales, former Sentinel sports writer and a graduate of Rollins to see just what the need was. Chakales has been on the AP's staff in Greece for some time. The following report is the first of three he has written.

Report published on the front page of The Orlando Sentinel, Saturday, May 18, 1946.


While hunger is the immediate concern, Volos, like the remainder of Greece, has shown a startling increase in the number of persons afflicted with tuberculosis. This is particularly true among the children, who for almost six years have never had enough to eat not to mention such vital foods as milk, butter and other essentials for growing children.  

Listen as Pano John Camichos, talks about his father's life in Orlando, family in Volos: LISTEN Part I (17:30), and the Relief Effort to Volos: LISTEN PART II (12:48) in these excerpts from an oral history interview on February 20, 2015.

Lisa Camichos details Orlando's effort to save villagers in Volos, Greece from starvation by a community food drive in Chapter 3 The Orlando Plan and HEPA: Post-War Relief from Non-Governmental Relief to Greece: 1940-1949. A Comparative Study With The Truman Doctrine. She begins chapter three with this description of her grandfather, John Camichos:

In the spring of 1946, a bare year after the end of World War Two in Europe, a Greek American living in Florida received a shocking letter from his brothers still living in Greece. John Camichos, restaurant owner, was horrified to learn of the conditions in his hometown of Volos, in Northeastern Greece. Letters received from his brothers George and Stavros Camichos, in early April 1946, described severe conditions in the city. Money was worthless, and food was badly needed. Italian and German troops had wrecked the waterfront installations around the bay, leaving boats stranded in the harbor, and the Nazis had prohibited small boats from launching off the beaches. George also wrote of the devastation left in the farming area of Volos by both the Italians, and Germans who killed livestock, burned crops, and destroyed roads. Upon reading these letters John Camichos feared villagers of Volos would die from starvation...

With the permission of Ms. Camichos her document is available on Orlando Memory:

Non-Governmental Relief to Greece: 1940-1949. A Comparative Study With The Truman Doctrine by Lisa Catherine Camichos, A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School Of Western Carolina University, Summer 2000, Cullowhee, North Carolina.


Chapter 1 Greece in the 1940s: A Brief Overview

Chapter 2 Nazi Occupation and the Greek War Relief Association

Chapter 3 The Orlando Plan and AHEPA: Post-War Relief


Chapter 4 The Truman Doctrine and Non-Governmental Aid: Comparisons in Relief Efforts

Courtesy of the Camichos Family Archives

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