Yvonne Capuano-Molho and her classmates on a walk

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  • Photo taken in:
    Thessaloniki
    Year when photo was taken:
    1938
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

At school we were going for walks, to Aretsou or Asvestohori.

This photo was taken on a walk at Asvestohori in 1938. First from left is my classmate Eva Lioki. First from right is Ivi Dede.

Up in the middle is my classmate Myrta Venardi, we are still friends. Next to her is Ninon Matalon and next is Sharika Kali.

They both were Jewish and both were murdered in Auschwitz. I am the last person, lying on the ground.

For elementary school I went to the Jewish school in order to acquire the principles. We had various lessons, religion too. We learned about Ruth, the sacrifice of Abraham, the fat and the thin cows.

Everything was taught in the Greek language, but two hours a week we also had Hebrew. We also had French every day as this language was spoken as frequently as Greek.

Out of my teachers I remember Miss Paula who was teaching us Greek. Later, when I was in the third or fourth grade, she was appointed by the state and left.

We also had house keeping, needlecraft, drawing, painting, things like that. We also had history of the Greek Revolution, Composition and all the other lessons.

Only in the morning we would say our own prayer, ‘Shema Israel.’ I remember our Hebrew teacher, who had a wooden ruler, and when he asked something we didn’t know he hit us with the ruler straight on the nail.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Yvonne Capuano-Molho
Year of birth:
1926
City of birth:
Thessaloniki
Country name at time of birth:
Greece
Occupation
before WW II:
University student
after WW II:
Doctor
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Molho
    Year of changing: 
    1954
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Ninon Matalon
Year of birth:
1924
City of birth:
Thessaloniki
Country name at time of birth:
Greece
Year of death:
1943
City of death:
Auschwitz
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Auschwitz

Additional Information

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

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