What a story! The episode of your mother passing some time with her father, who then vanished, reminds me of something I have read recently. It seems that Isadora Duncan had a similar experience with her father.
But was it her real father or the one who had married your grandmother. It seems so complicated.
If you have done such a profound research where did you get stuck exactly? Of this pell mell, which thread exactly would you expect me to pull?
Thank you for your message. I really appreciate your interest.
It was her real father and, if my hypothesis is correct, also Manthos' father but according to my mother, Manthos by that time was in Greece studying music (he was an hautbois player). Manthos was 13 years older than my mother. Which also led me to think that if they have a common father, they probably do not have a common mother.
As I said the only thing I want to know is the name of this man - in fact my grandfather.
I got stuck because my mother's records are fake and there is no record of her baptism in Egypt (although she had a baptism certificate signed by the Archbishop himself which is rather surprising according to the Archbishop's secretary. The baptism certificate is dated 1952) so I have no way of knowing his name. There was a voluntary will from my mother to hide what she knew about him and I have no idea why. From then on all hypotheses are possible - he was a criminal, he was still married, etc.
Some things that I forgot to comment. I just remembered, the name of the antiques shop had something to do with a persian city or with the rose it is not clear.
Well, I find the whole thing very itriguing so after writing my previous message I tried to find the telephone number ofangelo and talk to him after so many years, as I would never do anything that he would not approuve.
Alas, he passed away only four months ago! I am very sad to find that out, as it would have been so nice to talk to him again. I always had in mind to try and contact him by facebook or sth like that but always been busy.
Anyway, these are the sad news, I think he was a lot more than 70 years old.
Sorry I have to leave you now, if it matters to you to find your roots I could help you.
I think that the site is messing a little bit up the messages and they do not appear in the right order.
In my last message I was asking at what age your mother was baptised, as you mentioned that the baptism certificate was dated on 1959.
As I also mentioned in a message yesterday, this week I am not at the office in the morning, so do not have the occasion to reach for the registry and try to ask about ways of discovering someone's ancestors.
As soon as I find this information, I'll let you know how to proceed.
As I mentioned, the name my mother assumed - Anna Kapitanaki - is not in any registry and although she used to travel with a Greek passport on which my sister and I were also it was a fake, probably a 'real fake'.
When I first started traveling to Greece on business, I was afraid I would be stopped at the airport for military service. But thta never happened. About 10 years ago I regularly came to Greece to teach and one of my students was a captain in the army and he did some research - my name appers nowhere.
Lucky you, not to be called for your military service!
May I ask if your mother was baptised as a Christian Orthodox and how old was she at 1959?
Well, since you have told me so man things about you here are someof my details.
My university degree is on French and Greek Literature, I have a DEA from Paris IV Sorbonne and a thesis to be submitted there as well, as soon as I find the grant to finalise it.
After ten years in Paris and one in Brussels I returned to Greece at 2002, based in the Cyclades islands in the beginning and since 2003 in Athens. I am recruited after a big competition that took place on 2000 as a professor of secondary education and took my first post in Syros island at the rectorate. Since then, I took several administrative posts in the ministries of Education, Interior, finally I also worked as a foreign language teacher and then again at the ministry of education. Specialised in international relations, public relations, communication, but also control of public bodies.
I am afraid that my ancestors story is not as mysterious (or maybe not?)
Oh, I see, maybe she needed it for some reason. My grandmother was born in 1909 and passed away some 20 years ago.
What you do is very interesting! As for the strategy and scenario planning, this must have been a gift you inherited from your mother!
I have some background with the Harvard Kennedy School, as I was in charge of organsing some seminars of their global portfolio in Athens and I had the chance to follow one of them, Strategic Management for Leaders of NGO's.
So you set the MBA program of the New York College! Well, I happen to work at a ministry's directorate which is responsible for all these KEME, although I am not directly involved. Isn't that amazing?