The author describes customs and events of refugee life before and after the war, as well as the characters of people in a descriptive, but also humorous or poignant way. He describes everyday events of a bygone era, the ones that remain vivid in memory, that younger people heard from their fathers and grandfathers and that older people experienced.
….Somewhere at the end of Pontou street lived an old lady with a raisin face, well known in Kalamaria, because she lifted the evil eye with beans, predicted the future with cards, communicated with the beyond and interpreted dreams.
A similar case was that of a lady who communicated with the icons of the Saints in the settlement of Derkon.
There was another in Byzantium who got hypnotized in order to predict the future.
Another one in the center of Kalamaria who was curing the “sarliki” (children’s golden disease).
Another case of “Solomonic” that is worth mentioning, because it concerned women who wanted to know what would happen to them in the future, was “the summoning of spirits”.
The street vendors roamed everywhere and proclaimed their goods to meet the nutritional and other living needs of the inhabitants, such as:
Fishermen with round tablets on their heads,
Milkmen with metal pitchers in their hands,
Yoghurt makers with their specially invented improvised construction, carrying, distributing and selling yoghurt,
Knife sharpeners with their huge foot-powered sharpening machines,
Tinsmiths or tinplaters,
Ice-sellers in summer,
Quilts with shakes on the back,
Chair makers with mats and wires,
Koundourades (shoe repairmen).
The book presents images of that era and references to the times and places where we played and grew up. They are the vivid impressions of a difficult time that memory recreates and preserves.
Ananias Tsirambides, Professor Emeritus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Member of the Board of HARH
The square (today Metamorfoseos street) behind the sanctuary of the Metropolitan Church of the same name. Early 1950s.
1936. 3rd class of Kalamaria Primary School with teacher Panagiotis Kazantzidis.
1958. The actors Fotopoulos, Diannelos etc. attend a theatrical performance at the Kalamaria theatre, organized by the unforgettable director Nikos Argyropoulos..
1928. First inmates of the “Asylum of Bum Child”. On the left the first director Antonis Pararas (father of the author), on the right the first administrator A. Apostolidis.