Yvonne Capuano-Molho and her family on a walk around the White Tower

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  • Photo taken in:
    Thessaloniki
    Year when photo was taken:
    1935
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

Every Saturday morning, my family went out for a walk.

This picture was taken in the park of the White Tower in Thessaloniki in 1935. First from right is my grandmother Bienvenida Moshe, nee Florentin.

To her left that’s me and next to me is Dolly Florentin and her mother Esterina, who was married to Jacob Florentin, my grandmother’s brother.

First from left is my mother, Erietta Molho, nee Moshe.

My grandmother always dressed elegantly. She wore European clothes as my grandfather. She was very coquette and fatty as was in fashion at the time.

Her dresses were all embroidered and her hats had feathers. My grandfather was wearing a bow-tie and later he walked with a walking-stick.

All my family wore European clothes as they were rather progressive.

The only person I remember wearing traditional clothes when she left the house was the mother-in-law of the brother of my grandmother, who was visiting wearing a Kofya, a traditional headgear for Jewish women, which was all knitted with pearls.

What my mother told me is that when she was young every Passover, Pesach, and every New Year’s Eve, Rosh Hashanah, my grandfather bought for each of the kids a fez [7].

Thessaloniki was the last city to be liberated from the Turks in 1913. When I see on television the recent Turkish series’ and when I visit Turkey I hear many Turkish words that I am familiar with.

Words I heard from my grandfather and my father because they lived in the Ottoman Empire.

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

Dolly Florentin
Year of birth:
1927
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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