Mico and Mari Alvo at a fancy dress ball

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  • Photo taken in:
    Thessaloniki
    Year when photo was taken:
    1959
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

This picture is taken at a party of Sacha's. Sacha was the wife of Alkis Natsis, brother of a very good friend of ours, George Natsis.

The picture was taken in 1958. At that time we used to have parties very often. And apart from the parties we also used to dress for the carnivals.

The first circle of friends we had was Clio Natsi and her husband, George. We had a plot right next to each other at the American Farm School.

My father had bought it during the occupation from Varlamidis. The front part of the plot was a property of the National Bank of Greece. We bought that front part too, in order to have the whole piece of land starting from the road and going all the way down to the sea.

Clio Natsi and George had the land next to that, which would go right down to the sea. When the road passing through our plots was being widened, they had to get compensation from the Ministry of Public Works.

George was at the Polytechnic too and took exams at the same time that my brother did. One day he comes to me and says: "I have this and that.

Would you like we took action together?" So, I replied, "Of course, why not?" We called a lawyer. His brother in law, his wife's brother was a lawyer. So we assigned it to him.

We realized that we were of the same age. So one day we said, "Why don't we all go out, you with your wife and me…." We went out one night all together and Clio got on very well with Mari.

I can say that we were the best of friends. Our best friends were the Natsi couple. We did very nice excursions together. We went on long journeys with our car because they didn't have a car.

Later we introduced the Natsis to the other good friends of ours, the Kazazis. They all had the same way of thinking. So one would invite each other, one time in one house and then in somebody else's house.

We would eat and have parties and celebrations. We danced very much.

Interview details

Interviewee: Mico Alvo
Interviewer:
Paris Papamichos-Chronakis
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2005
Thessaloniki, Greece

KEY PERSON

Mico Alvo
Jewish name:
Haim
Year of birth:
1922
Decade of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Thessaloniki
Country name at time of birth:
Greece
Occupation
after WW II:
Merchant

Other Person

Mari Alvo
Year of birth:
1932
City of birth:
Thessaloniki
Country name at time of birth:
Greece
Occupation
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Benveniste
    Year of changing: 
    1951
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Additional Information

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

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