Mike Capuano at the Athens airport before leaving for Israel

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  • Photo taken in:
    Athens
    Year when photo was taken:
    1980
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

This photo was taken at the airport of Athens in 1980, when my son, Mike Capuano was leaving for Israel.

I remember this particular incident of which I am ashamed. I was at the airport, crying because he was leaving and there comes to me one of the ambassadors of Israel.

She tells me, ‘What is it? Why are you crying Mrs. Capuano?’ Because I was a Jew, they knew me as a doctor at the embassy of Israel.

‘I’m crying because my son is leaving and I lose him.’ ‘You won’t lose your son,’ she said, ‘you win him as there he will acquire his personality, you will see.’ And she was right.

There they leave the kids alone, so that their personality can come to the surface.

To get control of themselves and become independent. And even after he returned he lived alone of course. He was no ‘child of his mother.’

Interview details

Interviewee: Yvonne Capuano-Molho
Interviewer:
Vivianne Karagouni
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2006
Athens, Greece

KEY PERSON

Mike Capuano
Year of birth:
1962
City of birth:
Athens
Country name at time of birth:
Greece
Occupation
after WW II:
Working in the humanities

Additional Information

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

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