Mico Alvo's 'kiosk girl'

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  • Year when photo was taken:
    1945
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

This is a picture of the kiosk girl I had a relationship with in Athens.

After my unit came back to Greece from the Middle East, they sent us to the Ministry of Aviation, to the Bureau issuing clothing passes for the officers. It was an office work.

In fact, the non commissioned officer who was with me was Kostas Karazisis, whom I knew from the YMCA summer camp. For three months we had a very good time together.

When I was still working at the Ministry of Aviation. It was something strange. There was a kiosk just opposite our office. And inside the kiosk, there was a very beautiful girl.

I was with Karazisis at that time, the two of us. He was the senior. When we didn't have work to do, we would hang about. She was looking at us too.

We slowly started smiling at each other. I pretended to be going at the kiosk to buy the newspapers, and so we met, and had a relationship in the end. That was a complete relationship. It lasted for as long as I stayed in Athens.

At that time I didn't have a bachelor's rooms, they didn't actually exist. And you couldn't go to a hotel, except if you went to hotels with a bad name. So we wouldn't go anywhere.

At night we would go just to the park, to Zappeion. Zappeion had many places for couples to hide. But there was also the Vice Bureau. Sometimes as we sat, someone would come holding a lantern.

But, I was with the uniform, and I would tell him "leave me alone now, don't disturb me". Even though at the beginning I was just flirting, she later admitted that she was married. And that's when the relationship was consummated.

Because there were no obstacles any longer. But that disappointed me then, it was a disappointment. She originated from somewhere around Thebes.

The fact that I was a Jew and she was a Christian never played a role in our relationship. She was younger than me, much younger. How could I have imagined that she was already married?

I was around 22 or 23. She must have been around 19-20. She was a pretty girl. She was a village girl.

Interview details

Interviewee: Mico Alvo
Interviewer:
Paris Papamichos-Chronakis
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2005
Thessaloniki, Greece

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education
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