Trezoros Director Lawrence Russo Talks to TNH about the Lost Jews of Kastoria

In front of Kastoria High School, May 29, 1938. Lawrence Russo’s mother, Lena, center, wears a large white collar and has her arm around the shoulder of the girl leaning forward with her hands on her knees. Photo: Lena Russo

NEW YORK – Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria will be airing on PBS stations across the United States this April, and in the New York area on April 12, check your local listings. The documentary chronicles life in the picturesque town of Kastoria, where Jews and Christians lived in harmony and friendship for over two thousand years. The title Trezoros is the Ladino/Judeo/Spanish term of endearment meaning “treasures.”

The film takes the audience on a journey from …

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  1. My grandfather, Nikolaos, saved a family from Kastoria by hiding them in our home in the village of Aliakmon Kozani, which is near Kastoria. My father, 16 at the time and the family’s son became friends. The family’s name was Cohen or Koinis, if I remember well my father’s description. After the war they emigrated to the US. I never found them while in the States. I hope I can meet them one day.

    Best wishes,
    Nikos Papanikolaou

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