Mico and Mary Alvo with the Kazazis couple

Mico and Mary Alvo with the Kazazis couple
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  • Photo taken in:
    Thessaloniki
    Year when photo was taken:
    1961
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece
This is a picture taken at a ball of the Anatolia College in Thessaloniki in 1961. Mari and I are with Filotas Kazazis (second from left), and his wife Sophia Kazazis (second from right). Filotas Kazazis was a partner of Angel before and after the war. They had a factory that produced strings on Chalkidiki Street, close to our home. I still remember Kazazis senior and Angel walking to King George tram stop to take the tram. The two together were like brothers, because they were of the same height and age. Their children continued the partnership. Filotas Kazazis and his brother Kostas run the factory here and the Angels in Athens. Thanks to Angel, who was very active, they were exclusive agents of a famous Company, the Ferlon zips. These were the first plastic zips that were distributed in Greece. They made a lot of money. But then, the two brothers broke with each other. The son of Kostas Kazazis married the daughter of Angel, acquired the majority of the company, threw Filotas out of the company and the end result was that the company went bankrupt. Around 1953, we moved to the ground floor, while we had some general repairs made in the apartment on the top floor and then rented it out. When we were repairing it an old lady came. She was just passing by; she rang the bell and asked us, 'I see that you are repairing the apartment on the top floor. Are you by any chance thinking of renting it out?' 'Of course,' I replied. 'Oh,' she says, 'look, we are big family and I'd be interested in renting it for my son. Could you please give us a ring when it is ready?' It turned out she was Grandmother Kazazis from the well known Kazazis family who owned the factory. Kazazis was a partner with Angel. A month later the apartment was ready. We called her and her daughter-in-law, Sophia Kazazis, came to see it. She liked it very much, we agreed on a price and we rented it to them. They stayed in the house for thirteen years. We became very good friends. In the winter they would come down very often because we had a fireplace downstairs. They would come, we would light a fire, have a cup of tea, and we really enjoyed each other's company. Later we introduced them to the Natsis. They all had the same way of thinking. These two groups of friends then became a bigger one. They had other acquaintances that also came. So one would invite the others, once in one house and then in somebody else's house. We would eat, have feasts, celebrations, and we also 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:
Daniel
Year of birth:
1922
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
Date of interview:
29/03/1996

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