Eugenie and Haim Pardo's wedding

Eugenie and Haim Pardo's wedding

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This is a picture from my parents’ wedding. My parents were called Haim and Eugenie Pardo.

They had an arranged marriage in 1928 in the synagogue in Thessalonica.

My mother was born in Skopje in 1908 and moved to Thessalonica with her family sometime around 1912.

My mum, like her mum, went to a nuns' school, a 'l'ecole des soeurs' as they used to say, so she spoke French and Spanish and some Greek. Her Greek wasn't very good, but she managed.

My father was born in 1898 in Monastir. His mother tongue was Spanish. In addition to the German language, which he probably learnt at the German school he attended, he spoke French fluently and also Greek.

I don't know if he went to school for that, I think he learnt Greek by himself, but he spoke and wrote it very well. He was also very keen on learning, he was a philomath.

My father was tall and thin. He wasn't very talkative, but he was gentle and decisive. He was always helping different charity institutions.

I know he was a big patron of the Jewish institutions of Thessalonica, but I don't think he was ever a member of any political organization.

He was a self-made man; he came to Thessalonica from Monastir with his parents during World War I, probably around 1916-1918, and started working on his own.

I guess his father was sick because he started working and fighting for survival very early on.

He started off as an employee and then founded his own business, a commercial shop named 'Pardiko,' on 28 Tsimiski Street.

It was an electrical shop that sold electrical appliances and items, wires, leads etc, and even bathrooms and sanitary ware.

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Lily Arouch