Yvonne Capuano-Molho at seder at Doctor Arouch’s house

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  • Photo taken in:
    Athens
    Year when photo was taken:
    1999
    Country name at time of photo:
    Greece
    Country name today:
    Greece

This picture was taken on Pesach of 5759.

We celebrate the festivity at Manolis Arouch’s house. From left to right are: David Asher, her wife and our cousin Rosa, my husband Richard Capuano and me.

At the head of the table, the person leading the seder is Doctor Manolis Arouch.

The Jews of Thessaloniki were good husbands and family men. Even now I hear Christians saying, ‘I would very much like a Jew as husband for my daughter.’

The importance of family was highly appreciated by the Jews of Thessaloniki. The men would become good husbands and the women good mothers.

Now, of course, things have changed, as there has been a lot more elastic attitudes, but in that period we were living all together.

I intended for my husband to be a Jew. However at the period I got married it was very difficult for someone to change religion. It was not only the parents' reaction but to convert needed a lot of time.

Of course you had to study, the women that have converted becoming Jews know everything about our religion.

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

Richard Capuano
Year of birth:
1914
City of birth:
Thessaloniki
Country name at time of birth:
Greece
Year of death:
2003
City of death:
Athens
Country of death:
Greece
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
after WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

Additional Information

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

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