Engagement of Roza Cohen and Rene Benveniste

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  • Photo taken in:
    Thessaloniki
    Year when photo was taken:
    1939
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

This picture was taken in Thessaloniki in 1939 and it is the day that i got engaged to my husband, Rene Benveniste. This photo was taken in black and white and was then colored artificially by the photographer.

We had our engagement at my husband’s place and we kept an open house for three days. My ring had a different setting than it does now. At some point, when we were staying in Switzerland, there was a huge dog where we were staying. One day, when we came back from our walk, the dog jumped on me and ruined it. They felt very bad; it was made from onyx, so they took it to their goldsmith to have it fixed.

At another point, I lost that stone too. My husband had an obsession with the pendulum with which you can find water or metals. He read a lot about these things. We lived in a house in Kalithea where there was a small room from which you could go through some small stairs to the maiden’s house. I went up there one day to get a mattress and as it seems the little teeth that were holding the stone opened wide and it broke. My husband took this thing and started looking everywhere for the missing rock. He says, ‘It is over here,’ and there it was. My mother and my brothers-in-law were making fun of him, until he found it where he said it would be.

 

Interview details

Interviewee: Roza Benveniste
Interviewer:
Alexis Katsaros
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2007
Athens, Greece

KEY PERSON

Rene Benveniste
Jewish name:
Rahamin
Year of birth:
1906
City of birth:
Kavala
Country name at time of birth:
The Ottoman Empire
Year of death:
1976
City of death:
Athens
Country of death:
Greece
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper

Other Person

Roza Benveniste
Year of birth:
1919
City of birth:
Thessaloniki
Country name at time of birth:
Greece
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Jewish community employee
  • Previous family name: 
    Cohen
    Year of changing: 
    1939
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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