Southland Restaurant Banquet for Dignitaries Collecting for Volos Relief Effort

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Southland Restaurant Banquet for Dignitaries Collecting for Volos Relief Effort

Southland Restaurant Banquet for Dignitaries Collecting for Volos Relief Effort

by:
jtracy
November 6, 2015

A banquet for dignitaries collecting for Orlando's Relief Effort to Volos, Greece during 1946-1947.

The banquet was held in the Marine Room of the Southland Restaurant at 13 N. Orange Avenue in Orlando.

Mr. John P. Camichos, the restaurant owner, is pictured standing.

Pictured from left to right are: Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Bowe, Attorney Bill Arnold and Mrs. Arnold, Secretary of the Commercial Chamber of Commerce Mr. and Mrs. Crews, Director of The Orlando Sentinel Mr. and Mrs. Clem Brossier, President of the Chamber of Commerce Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Cushion, Mr. John Camichos, Mr. and Mrs. Moss, Insurance Salesman, Mr. and Mrs. Thornal, Insurance Salesman, Mr. and Mrs. Calaway, Journalist. 

Listen as Pano John Camichos, talks about his father's life in Orlando: 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

Courtesy of the Camichos Family Archives

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