Joseph Saltiel with his brother Mentesh Saltiel and friends

Joseph Saltiel with his brother Mentesh Saltiel and friends
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  • Photo taken in:
    Thessaloniki
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece
This is a very old picture. It was taken well before the war, probably in the 1920s, in Thessaloniki. Here you can see my father, Joseph Saltiel, second from the left, and the third one is my uncle Mentesh Saltiel, one of my father's younger brothers. I don?t know the other two people in the picture. My father was born here in Thessaloniki on 5th June 1881. He spoke Spanish and German and, of course, Greek. He was beautiful, tall, dark-haired, attractive. He was not very funny; he was serious, probably more serious than he should have been because he had three girls and that bothered him. He dressed in a suit wearing a tie, and was never neglected, hat of course and gloves, he was always very well dressed. A very elegant man. Uncle Mentesh was partners with Uncle Sabetai and they were selling window glasses, mirrors etc. They were the first to sell such glasses in Thessaloniki. Uncle Mentesh had two boys with Rachel Pinhas, Samiko and Moris. Uncle Sabetai had Samiko and Julia and he was married to Rene. Somehow those two are always together into everybody's head. When we speak of one the other comes automatically to mind. When we were children we had a big yard.In this yard we played and every night Uncle Sabetai gathered us and made us sing ?be, a, ba, be, a, be, ba, bo.? He would say the letters and we would sing like stupid ?l, le, l, la" and then he would response with a cry of admiration ?Aaa" or a cry of exclamation, ?Ooo.? He kept us busy; he gave us money and then took it back.

Interview details

Interviewee: Renee Molho
Interviewer:
Nina Molho
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2005
Thessaloniki, Greece

KEY PERSON

Joseph Saltiel
Year of birth:
1887
City of birth:
Thessaloniki
Year of death:
1943
City of death:
Athens
Country of death:
Greece
Died where:
Athens
Occupation
before WW II:
Construction wood seller

Other Person

Mentesh Saltiel
Decade of birth:
1880
City of birth:
Thessaloniki
City of death:
Tel Aviv
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
In glass business
after WW II:
In glass business

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