Roza Benveniste with her parents, Flora and Vidal Cohen

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  • Photo taken in:
    Thessaloniki
    Year when photo was taken:
    1929
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

This photograph was taken in Thessaloniki in 1929. Here you can see me with my parents, Flora and Vidal Cohen.

My mother didn't know Greek, we taught her the language. She had lived  in Paris for a long time. She knew French very well and used to wear long green dresses. My father had gone to Paris to learn couture for men’s and women’s clothes. At some point he returned to settle in Thessaloniki. My mother had come back from Paris with a European style. They met at a dance. My mother was wearing one of her long dresses. When my father saw her he was very impressed. My father was a quite short, while my mother was a stunningly beautiful woman.

My mother used to read a lot, but my father didn’t have much time for reading. She read mainly literature and newspapers, in French and Spanish; she was able to read Greek only later.

My father owned a shop called ‘Com fete’ that sold clothes and trench coats. The shop used to have the nickname ‘The Trench Coat Source.’ My father was a very difficult man. He was very strict. He wanted the towels to be very well ironed, and if they weren’t he would say, ‘What is this?’ in an angry manner.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Vidal Cohen
City of birth:
Salonica
Country name at time of birth:
The Ottoman Empire
Year of death:
1948
City of death:
Thessaloniki
Country of death:
Greece
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
after WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

Other Person

Flora Cohen
City of birth:
Salonica
Country name at time of birth:
The Ottoman Empire
Year of death:
1980
City of death:
Athens
Country of death:
Greece
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Cateno
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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