Marie Abravanel

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

This is my husband’s sister Marie Modiano, nee Abravanel. The photo was taken in Salonica, but I don’t know when. 

Marie was a real fashion victim: coats, furs, hats, shoes. Everything had to be unique and well designed. When I met her she was doing nothing apart from playing the piano and singing. She was a good singer. She never followed the religion by word but she was very proud to be a Jewess. Oh, you could not tease her about her Jewish identity. 

At first she seemed like she did not approve of my relationship with her brother, Leo Abravanel. She never said a good word to me. She was distant. Then when she met my brother and mother suddenly everything changed. Marie came often to visit us, especially in winter. She used to put on her face creams, she had nice, fresh skin. 

Marie adored my brother Kleanthis. I remember once, when I invited them for dinner, I had cooked fish. My brother found it very tasty even though I had used frozen fish. Marie had a soft spot for fish, but only fresh fish. So, just because Kleanthis liked it, she pretended to be thrilled herself. 

Interview details

Interviewee: Eugenia Abravanel
Interviewer:
Valia Kravva
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2005
Thessaloniki, Greece

KEY PERSON

Marie Modiano
City of birth:
Salonica
Country name at time of birth:
Ottoman Empire
City of death:
Salonica
Country of death:
Greece
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Abravanel
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1910

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