Paul and Jeanne Abravanel

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  • Photo taken in:
    Salonica
    Year when photo was taken:
    1919
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

This a picture of my husband’s brother Paul Abravanel and his Swiss wife Jeanne. Paul was the vice consul of Spain in Thessaloniki and he was responsible for saving many Salonican Jews by giving them Spanish identity cards. Spain was an ally of Germany and thus Spanish citizens were to be protected and not sent to labor or concentration camps. 

When I met his wife I was thrilled: a delicate thin lady with such good manners. They were a very nice couple: he was tall, handsome, with a mustache and she was thin and well behaved and always nicely dressed. It was a couple to remember. After World War II was over I went to France with my husband and we met their son, Eve. He had a huge hotel and he was very well off. 

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Paul Abravanel
City of birth:
Salonica
Country name at time of birth:
Ottoman Empire
City of death:
France
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
vice consul of Spain in Thessaloniki

Other Person

Jeanne Abravanel
Country name at time of birth:
Switzerland
Country of death:
France
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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