Letter to Mayor William Beardall from the People of Volos, Greece, June 10, 1946

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Letter to Mayor William Beardall from the People of Volos, Greece, June 10, 1946

Letter to Mayor William Beardall from the People of Volos, Greece, June 10, 1946

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jtracy
February 20, 2016

Honourable Sir, In the name of the population of Volo, whom we represent in the fullest majority (about 97%), we have the honour to express to you personally as well as to all who are co-operating with you our profoundest gratitude for the trustworthy purpose you have undertaken to feed the people of Volo for three months.

The working classes of Volo, whom we chiefly represent, who have suffered terribly during the war, and are still suffering cruel privations for the work of rehabilitation has not yet begun, are deeply affected by your most generous plan of help.

We beg you to permit us once again to express to you as well as to all the members of the committ who are helping you in yuor charitable purpose for collecting food and other commodities for our suffering population our profoundest gratitude....

Letter To Mr. William Beardall, Mayor of Orlando from the People of Volos, Greece signed by:

For the Popular Committee of Volo, The President and The Secretary 

For the National Confederation of Shop Keepers of Volo, The President and The Secretary

For the Union of War Victims of Volo and Sopades Islands, The President and The Secretary

For the Confederation of War Cripples and Victims of Thessaly, The President and The Secretary

For the Confederation of Industrial Corporations of Magnessia, The President and The Secretary

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Courtesy of the Camichos Family Archives

View photo of Mr. Camichos in the restaurant at a banquet organized for collecting food for Volos.

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.

READ Part I

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

READ Part II

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

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