Sasson: Reeperbahn street in the St. Pauli district in Hamburg, is called “the sinful mile,” because of all the strip-clubs, debauchery and “red light district” in and around it. One day, Agha Youssef Khakshouri and his wife Margrit Khanom, invited yours truly, Gollar, and their son Parviz, to one of these clubs. We had no idea what goes on in there!
The strippers’ behavior and the atmosphere inside the club was completely distasteful, and we wondered why Agha Youssef Khakshouri had brought us all to such a place!
When we ﬁnally asked him, he said everyone has something to say about this district’s corruption, and instead of having the younger generation go there alone and God forbid get in trouble, he preferred to take us there himself so we would see what goes on there.
It worked, but only partly. Once, Gollar and I did go with our friends to a St. Pauli night club, but we were such good kids! Or maybe just cheap. We thought alcoholic beverages would make us do stupid things or cost a fortune, so when the waitress came and took our order, the ﬁrst friend ordered milk. Then the second one thought it was a good idea, and also ordered milk, and the third and the fourth — we ended up all drinking milk. Now imagine this: a dimly-lit nightclub in Hamburg, soft music playing, and a whole table of clueless, Iranian Jewish youngsters drinking milk!