The wedding of Manuel and Lily Arouch

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  • Photo taken in:
    Thessaloniki
    Year when photo was taken:
    1952
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

This picture was taken on the day of my wedding to Manuel Arouch, in 1952 in Thessalonica.

My husband's family and mine had known each other for a while. That is how we ended up being introduced. Manuel was born on 7th April 1911 in Thessalonica.

His mother tongue was both Spanish and Greek. He had left Thessalonica in 1932 to come to Athens to study; he spent most of the occupation period in Athens.

He was organized with the progressive youth organization of the university and the occupation period was hard for him as well as for all students; they survived on student commons. He was a doctor already when we got married.

Our wedding took place in a synagogue in Thessalonica, the rabbi, Morris Halegua, performed the ceremony. It was a small but traditional Jewish wedding, very moving.

There were not many relatives because neither my husband nor I had big families any longer.

There was his older sister with her husband, Gracia and Leon Carasso, his mother Sonhoula Arouch, my parents and my sisters.

My wedding dress was very beautiful, it was a present from my mother, and I still keep it as a memento or reminder.

Interview details

Interviewee: Lily Arouch
Interviewer:
Annita Mordechai
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2005
Athens, Greece

KEY PERSON

Lily Arouch
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Thessalonica
Country name at time of birth:
Greece
Occupation
after WW II:
Office clerk
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Pardo
    Year of changing: 
    1952
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1950

Other Person

Manuel Arouch
Year of birth:
1911
City of birth:
Thessalonica
Country name at time of birth:
Greece
Year of death:
1997
City of death:
Athens
Country of death:
Greece
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
University student
after WW II:
Doctor

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