Sylvia Cohen

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  • Photo taken in:
    Thessaloniki
    Year when photo was taken:
    1925
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

Here you can see my mother’s sister, Sylvia Moshe. This picture was taken in 1925, the day of her engagement to Peppo or Joseph Cohen in Thessaloniki.

My aunt Sylvia was born in 1902. She suffered from poliomyelitis and was handicapped. My grandfather would do whatever the doctors would tell him. One of them said, ‘Go, early in the morning, to the slaughter house and get the gall-bladder of a cow that’s just been slaughtered. Bring it home and put the foot of the girl in it.’ They thought that this would make the nerves to operate again. And so Grandfather would take his carriage with the horses, bring the gall-bladder and put it, as a compress, on his daughter’s foot. Later, in 1914, he took her to Vienna to be treated, imagine, to Vienna in that period!

Sylvia went to live with her husband in Spain, they got married in 1927 in Thessaloniki and left in 1930. They had two sons, Jaime or Jacob and Leon. She died in Valencia in 1989.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Sylvia Cohen
Year of birth:
1902
City of birth:
Salonica
Country name at time of birth:
The Ottoman Empire
Year of death:
1989
City of death:
Valencia
Country of death:
Spain
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Moshe
    Year of changing: 
    1927
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Additional Information

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

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