Mico Alvo's 'kiosk girl'

Mico Alvo's 'kiosk girl'
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This is a picture of the kiosk girl I had a relationship with in Athens. The photo was taken in 1945. 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 clerical job. 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. I had a girlfriend in Athens when I was still working at the Air Force Ministry. It was something strange. There was a kiosk just opposite. And inside the kiosk was a very beautiful girl. I was with Karazisis, just the two of us. He was the supervisor. When we didn't have work we would hang about. She was looking at us, too. We slowly started smiling at each other. We were supposedly going to the kiosk to buy the newspapers and we finally met, and had a relationship in the end. That was a real relationship. It lasted for as long as I stayed in Athens. We didn't have bachelor's rooms, they didn't exist back then. You couldn't go to a hotel, except if you went to disreputable ones, so we wouldn't go anywhere. At night we would go to the park. When it was dark, in Zappeion. Zappeion had many places for couples to hide. We also had the Department for Morals back then. Sometimes as we were sitting there in the dark someone would come holding a lantern etc. But I was in uniform, and I told him to leave me alone, not to disturb me.

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Interviewee: Mico Alvo
Paris Papamichos-Chronakis
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Thessaloniki, Greece

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USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education
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