David Broudo in partisan uniform, 1943
Video still from interview, August 2004
David Broudo was born in Saloniki, Greece in 1924. Descendants of Sephardic Jews who had fled Spain, the Broudo family had been living in Saloniki since the days of the Ottoman Empire. With the Italian invasion of 1940, Saloniki, now a part of Greece, was drawn into WWII. David's two older brothers enlisted in the Greek army, which managed to successfully repulse the Italian attack, but when Mussolini called in his German allies, even the brave Greek forces could not resist. With the arrival of the Germans, the Greek Jewish population became increasingly marginalized. In 1943, the entire Broudo family was deported. Unlike other members of his family who were sent directly into Germany, David was sent to a holding camp near Lamia, Greece. In one daring escape, David bravely jumped onto a passing train, and thus escaped the grasp of the Germans.
When the war ended, David was sentenced to death by Greek authorities. His sentence was later commuted to life in prison and in 1956 he was deported to Israel where he lived until his death in 2011.
Several decades after the war, the Greek government recognized David Broudo and the efforts of the partisan fighters. David wrote Saloniki Memories, about his experience in the war, and collaborated with another Jewish andarte on a book about the history of the Saloniki Jews.