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Greek-American couple visits Bucharest, Istanbul, and Salonika before WWII

Film | Accession Number: 2017.300 | RG Number: RG-60.0145 | Film ID: 4269

Title card: “Bucherest” [sic] Relatives walk down the street in Bucharest, Romania. Group including four women, Anna Mayo is third from left (dark-haired woman in polka dot dress with white trim down the center). Another group shot with Anna Mayo still second from left and Bocko Mayo second from right. Street scenes, including the young man (appearing earlier) on a bicycle. The visitors walk arm-in-arm down the street, pose around a table. An outdoor market. The visiting men and women walking towards the camera, very nicely dressed. They walk by the waterside. They eat a meal by the water, all raising glasses in a toast. A small band plays. A young local woman stands alone by the waterside. City street scenes with exterior shots of buildings, shops, local women. A herd of sheep go through town. Musicians play. The Mayos and friends sit at a table outside. The water, harbor. People walk across a large plaza in front of columned buildings. The group sight-sees. Apartment building exteriors with balconies. Posing for family portraits, street scenes.

Title card: “Strait of Bospherous, On the Way to Istanbul.” Water and coastline from a boat. The group sunbathes on the deck. More scenes from the boat and of the coastline, including old castle-like buildings, mosques, and minarets.

Title card: “Istanbul, Turkey.” Boats in the harbor in Istanbul. A donkey carries cargo. Street scenes. Locals sit in the shade. Jewish neighborhood. More donkeys. The visiting friends walk down a dirt-paved street, pan up minaret. Barefoot local children.

Title card: “Solonika - Greece.” View of the city of Salonika from high up. Barefoot children line up and pose in the street by the visitors’ car. A group of young boys in matching school uniforms cross the street. Local woman, sign: “Dadmakeion” A donkey pulls a cart with piles of tree branches. The synagogue in Salonika - a gated, columned building with a Star of David [Germans used this building as a headquarters during WWII]. Merchant, children. HAS, the city, fields, countryside, factory. A couple of the visitors sit at a table outside under a shaded patio.

Title card: “Survich - Greece.” Local townspeople. Railcar. Two Greek soldiers. Train station with many locals milling about. Police/military presence.

Event:  April 14 to July 29, 1937
Bucharest, Romania
Istanbul, Turkey
Salonika, Greece
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Andrea Matza Grass
Record last modified: 2020-08-04 09:19:32
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