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Enrico Modiano

I was born in Istanbul in 1926. In 1936, right when I was about to begin elementary school, Mussolini passed a new law that affected me and my family members. According to this law, all males, who were Italian citizens, had to study at Italian schools worldwide. If not, they risked losing their citizenship when they became eighteen. I first went to school in 1939. In 1943, when Italy signed a partnership agreement with Germany, the Jewish students were no longer allowed to be Fashist boy scouts.

Buyukada

A photograph taken in 1952.The other people in the photograph: on the left, Leon Ventura, the lady next to him, my wife’s best friend Rasel Adato and my wife Ester Modiano.

My wife, Ester Modiano, was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1927. She was born seven months old, and the doctors did not have much hope for her to live. Her maiden name is Yahni. As far as I remember, her mother was born in Haskoy, Istanbul.

In Buyukada

A photograph taken in Büyükada, by the seashore with friends.

The other people in the photograph: Baruh

My wife, Ester Modiano, was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in 1927. She was born seven months old, and the doctors did not have much hope for her to live. Her maiden name is Yahni. As far as I remember, her mother was born in Haskoy, Istanbul.

At the Tesvikiye home of Nina Eskenazi

This is a picture taken at my brother’s engagement ceremony.

The others in the photograph: Seated on the left, my uncle Saul Modiano, the person standing, my sister-in-law’s brother Beno Eskenazi, next to him the girl he was dating, she was an Armenian when they were engaged, next to him his sister-in-law Nina Modiano, next to her my older brother, next to him my cousin Renata Modiano who currently lives in Switzerland. I remember one of the children. The first one on the right is Geovanna Modiano, the sister of the deceased Renata.

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