Albertos Beraha in front of the White Tower

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  • Photo taken in:
    Thessaloniki
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

Here I am in front of the White Tower of Thessaloniki, which was painted white for camouflage purposes, so it wouldn't be seen or stand out during the wars. I am wearing my school trousers. The photo was probably taken before the war, in the 1930s.

The school I went to for my elementary education was owned by Mrs. Aglaia Schina. It was right next to my house in Analipsi where we lived when I was young.

It was a mixed school with many Christians and many Jewish students but we all studied together. Among my Jewish classmates were a boy called Allouf, who was a very good student, and a boy called Salmona.

The reason I went to a Greek school was because my father realized the Greeks had come to Thessaloniki for good and the one sure way to survive was to know the Greek language well.

I had lots of friends from school and I used to play with them in the neighborhood as we all lived close to each other.

Interview details

Interviewee: Albertos Beraha
Interviewer:
Annita Mordechai
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2007
Athens, Greece

KEY PERSON

Albertos Beraha
Year of birth:
1924
Decade of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Thessaloniki
Country name at time of birth:
Greece
Occupation
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

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