Roza Benveniste with family and friends on a day trip

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  • Year when photo was taken:
    1937
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

This photograph was taken in 1937. It is an excursion to the border of Greece with Bulgaria with friends and family. The soldiers who were doing their military service at the border lent us their guns and helmets for the photograph. I am in the middle of the bottom row.

We didn’t use to go on vacation much. My mother had arthritis so she would go somewhere outside Thessaloniki, to some hot springs. One time that I was with mother there, they had this dancing contest for couples, and I was awarded the title of ‘Miss.’ I was the ‘Miss of the dance floor.’

When the Zionistic movement had started in Thessaloniki there were unions like the AJJ that where organizing balls and excursions. These were just day-trips, of course, because our parents wouldn’t let us sleep outside the house. We also visited Prespes Lakes. My aunts used to go on vacation and sometimes they would invite me over; they had younger children so I would go to keep them company.

Interview details

Interviewee: Roza Benveniste
Interviewer:
Alexis Katsaros
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2007
Athens, Greece

KEY PERSON

Roza Benveniste
Year of birth:
1919
City of birth:
Thessaloniki
Country name at time of birth:
Greece
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Jewish community employee
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Cohen
    Year of changing: 
    1939
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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