The submitter's mother, Jeanne Shaltiel, was born in 1914 in Saloniki, Greece.
In 1932, at the age of 18, she made aliya on her own.
She married Yitzchak Azuz in Tel Aviv in 1934.
In October 1938, when Abraham was three years old, his mother and a friend of hers took him to Saloniki in order for her family to make his acquaintance. Yitzchak remained in Eretz Israel because of his work.
They intended to stay in Saloniki for some months, but when rumors of an impending war spread, the friend pressed for a speedy return home, fearing that the ports would be blocked.
They hurriedly booked passage on a freighter bound for Yafo. They bribed two cooks on the ship who let them sleep in the kitchen. Thus they escaped the fate of Saloniki's Jews, most of whom perished in the Holocaust.