Francesca Gormas: Escape from the Nazis

Francesca Gormas is a junior with a very interesting family history that others would never have guessed. Her grandmother, along with other family members on her dad’s side, are from Greece and lived there when the Nazis invaded in WWII.

She lived with her brothers and sisters in a small port city called Nafpaktos throughout WWII. Her family owned a farm, which was taken over by the Nazis at the beginning of the war when they invaded Greece. Nafpaktos is very mountainous, the mountains contain the Venetian fortress that the Nazis took over. They also stayed in the resident’s houses. Since they were pushed out of their home, her grandmother’s family lived in a barn that was located on their property.

Francesca remembers a story that her grandmother told her about a time when a Nazi officer was assaulted in a neighboring town. As a result the Nazis killed every man in the city along with a few of her grandmother’s cousins and uncles.

Her grandma didn’t stay very long due to the horrible way they were treated and since they lived in a port city, it was easy to leave. She came to the United States in 1950 with some of her siblings to find work, when she was 18 years old. Her grandmother was born in 1934 and her brother was born in 1932, but when she moved to the US their birthdays got switched and she didn’t find out until a few year ago when her brother told her.

Francesca loves to visit Greece and a few of her grandmother’s sister who still live there. They took a trip to Greece last summer. Her favorite part about Greece are the sandy beaches where she can relax and soak in the sun.


About the Author

Anica Moran
Anica is a junior this year. She enjoys reading and listening to music in her spare time.