Bienvenida Moshe with her children

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  • Photo taken in:
    Thessaloniki
    Year when photo was taken:
    1919
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

In this picture, taken in 1919 in Thessaloniki, my mother Erietta Molho, nee Moshe, is first from right holding in her arms her daughter Nina Frances, nee Molho, my older sister.

Second from left is Sylvia Cohen, nee Moshe, my mother’s sister. The man in the picture is my grandmother’s youngest child, Mario Moshe.

His eldest brother, Jacques, isn’t in this picture because at that time he was studying in Paris.

My maternal grandmother was Bienvenida Moshe nee Florentin. Her name means ‘welcome’ in Spanish. There were many names like that at that time.

My mother was called Erietta, nee Moshe. In her family there were two sisters and two brothers, Jacques, Mario, Erietta and Sylvia.

Sylvia was born in 1902 and Mario in 1904. Sylvia suffered from poliomyelitis and was handicapped. My grandfather would do whatever the doctors would tell him.

One of them said, ‘Go, early in the morning, to the slaughter house and get the gall-bladder of a cow that’s just been slaughtered. Bring it home and put the foot of the girl in it.’

They thought that this would make the nerves to operate again. And so Grandfather would take his carriage with the horses, bring the gallbladder and put it, as a compress, on his daughter’s foot.

Later, in 1914, he took her to Vienna to be treated, imagine, to Vienna in that period!

Sylvia went to live with her husband in Spain, they got married in 1927 in Thessaloniki and left in 1930. They had two sons, Jaime or Jacob and Leon. She died in Valencia in 1989.

My mother was friends with the twin sisters of my father, Lisa and Bella. This is how she got to know my father.

Interview details

Interviewee: Yvonne Capuano-Molho
Interviewer:
Vivianne Karagouni
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2006
Athens, Greece

KEY PERSON

Bienvenida Moshe
Decade of birth:
1880
City of birth:
Salonica
Country name at time of birth:
Greece
Year of death:
1947
City of death:
Athens
Country of death:
Greece
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Florentin
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Sylvia Cohen
Year of birth:
1902
City of birth:
Salonica
Country name at time of birth:
The Ottoman Empire
Year of death:
1989
City of death:
Valencia
Country of death:
Spain
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Moshe
    Year of changing: 
    1927
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Additional Information

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

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