Living in Evraïki.

 

Living at Keramidia House is living like a local. There are small cornershops and markets nearby for everyday needs and a five minute walk to the laïki, the local open-air market, where you can find local produce, fish, meat, and traditional Corfiote specialties.

Coffee shops abound in the old town and there are a few hidden gems like Dimitri's Bar on Guildford Street and the Tsipouradika (Grappa Bars) on Prosalendou Street.

HISTORY

World War II in Evraïki

The area has a proud but tragic past, Evraïki is the old Jewish quarter of Corfu Town and the scars of WWII bombings are still visible in the hollow buildings of the neighbourhood.

Upon the fall of Italian fascism in 1943, the Nazis moved to take control of the island. On 14 September 1943, Corfu was bombarded by the Luftwaffe; these bombing raids destroyed churches, homes, whole city blocks, especially in the Jewish quarter Evraïki, and a number of important buildings, such as the Ionian Parliament, the Municipal Theatre, the Municipal Library and others. The Italians capitulated, and the island came under German occupation. Corfu's mayor at the time, Kollas, was a known collaborator and various anti-semitic laws were passed by the Nazi occupation government of the island.

In early June 1944, while the Allies bombed Corfu as a diversion from the Normandy landings, the Gestapo rounded up the Jews of the city, temporarily incarcerated them at the old fort and on 10 June sent them to Auschwitz, where very few survived. Approximately two hundred out of a total population of 1,900 escaped. Many among the local population at the time provided shelter and refuge to those 200 Jews that managed to escape the Nazis. A section of the old city is still called Evraiki (meaning Jewish quarter), where there is currently a synagogue with about 65 members, who still speak their original Italian language.