Haim Pardo with friends

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  • Photo taken in:
    Monastir
    Year when photo was taken:
    1906
    Country name at time of photo:
    Ottoman-occupied Macedonia
    Country name today:
    North Macedonia

This picture was taken in 1906. You can see my father, Haim Pardo, as an eight-year-old boy and his friends in Monastir (today Bitola).

He is the one on the right next to the dog statue. I don't know the names of the other children.

My father's family came from Portugal and they ended up in Monastir, a small town in Serbia.

My grandfather on my father’s side was named David Pardo and was married to Lea Kamhi. They had five children: my father and four daughters who were all born in Monastir.

My father was born in 1898. 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.

Sometime between 1914-1916 he moved with his family to Thessalonica. His father was probably sick because he started working and fighting for survival very early on in his life.

In Thessalonica my father started as an employee and then created his own business, a commercial shop, 'Pardiko,' on 28 Tsimiski Street. It was an electrical shop.

Interview details

Interviewee: Lily Arouch
Interviewer:
Annita Mordechai
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2005
Athens, Greece

KEY PERSON

Haim Pardo
Year of birth:
1898
City of birth:
Monastir
Year of death:
1976
City of death:
Athens
Country of death:
Greece
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Owner of electrical appliances store
after WW II:
Owner of electrical appliances store
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