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Kalamaria as we experienced it
Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The author describes customs and events of refugee life before and after the war, as well as characters of people in a graphic, but also humorous or showy way. It describes everyday events of a bygone era,
events who live in remembrance, that the younger ones heard from their fathers and grandparents and the elders experienced them.

“….somewhere at the end of Pontos Street lived an old lady with a decrepit face, very well known in Kalamaria, because she was casting off the evil eye with broad beans, doing fortune telling, communicating with the other side and interpreting dreams.

A similar case was that of a lady who communicated with the icons of the Saints in the Derkon settlement.

Another case was in Byzantium settlement, in which a man got hypnotized to predict the future.

Another one in the center of Kalamaria who was curing the “sarliki” (children’s golden disease).

Another case of “Solomon” gimmicks worth mentioning, which concerned women who wanted to know what would happen to them in the future, was “the call of the spirits”.

The itinerant vendors roaming everywhere and tossing their goods were covering the nutritional and other subsistence needs of the inhabitants, such as:

Fishermen with round tablets on their heads,

Milkmen with jugs in hand,

Yogurt vendors with the special invention of improvised construction, carrying, tossing and selling yogurt,

Knife sharpeners with huge foot sharpeners,

Tinsmiths

Ice dealers in the summer,

People that shake the quilts,

Chair vendors with wickers and wires,

“Kountourades” (shoe repairers).

The book presents images of that time and references to the times and places we played and reached manhood. They are the strong impressions of a difficult time that memory redevelops and preserves.

 

Ananias Tsirabides, Emeritus Professor AUTh, Member of the Board of Directors of HARH

The public square (today Metamorfosis Street) behind the sanctuary of the homonymous Metropolitan Church. Early 1950s.

1936.C. Primary School of Kalamaria with teacher Panagiotis Kazantzides.

1958.The actors Fotopoulos, Dianelos etc. attend the H.A.N. Kalamaria a theatrical performance organized by the unforgettable director Nikos Argyropoulos.

1928.First inmates of the “Asylum Of A Bum Boy”. On the left is the first director Antonis Pararas (father of the author), on the right the first manager A. Apostolidis

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