Wedding photo of Marie and Henri Modiano

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  • Photo taken in:
    Salonica
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

This is a picture of Marie Abravanel and Henri Modiano’s wedding. Marie Abravanel was my husband Leo Abravenel’s sister. They got married just before the outbreak of World War I, in Salonica. 

Their wedding was very glamorous and I remember they had invited all the important guests. Many of them were from the French army since my father-in-law, Issac, provided them with wines brought from Crete. 

Marie, spoke French perfectly. Imagine that she used to speak Greek with a French accent. She played the piano and she was very much into fashion and cosmetics. She was among the first women to wear trousers but not in front of her husband. I remember she had an angel’s voice and she used to sing operas. And everyone thought that she was Maria Callas. She did not even know how to sew on a button. Marie did not do any housework and she always had maids to do it for her. But she behaved very badly to them. 

After World War II Henri became a real estate agent. He rented offices and big plots of land and earned a lot of money.  

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Marie Modiano
City of birth:
Salonica
Country name at time of birth:
Ottoman Empire
City of death:
Salonica
Country of death:
Greece
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Abravanel
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1910

Other Person

Henri Modiano
City of birth:
Salonica
Country name at time of birth:
Ottoman Empire
City of death:
Salonica
Country of death:
Greece
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
businessman, Retail merchant
after WW II:
Landowner

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