Before the wedding, Sasson lived for a while with his cousin Elisha Yonati in a rented room in a 5th ﬂoor apartment, and began his life in the new land: a shy young man, recently arrived from Iran and without the slightest idea about modern European life.
Sasson: Elisha Yonati taught me I have to take a shower every day (in Iran we only went to the Hamām once a week), and change my clothes as well. I had only three sets of clothes, so I had to wash them every night and hang them dry on my window for the next day. One night I went to sleep, my washed clothes hung to dry on the window for the night, as usual. But when I got up and went up to the window, there was nothing there! I looked down from the window and saw my clothes lying down there, in the garden. They had fallen from the 5th ﬂoor during the night! I covered myself somehow and rushed downstairs to get my clothes. By the time I got downstairs, there was nothing there!
Helpless and disappointed, I climbed back up to the ﬁfth ﬂoor, and said to myself: “This is impossible!” I looked down again and saw my clothes are there! It took me three times running up and down the stairs to realize I had been looking at the garden in front of the building, while my clothes had fallen into the street on other side of the building!
I have to admit, to this day I have a lousy sense of orientation…
Just to demonstrate once again my bad sense of orientation — after two weeks in Hamburg, Gollar’s family and the whole Jewish Iranian community arranged a picnic day, and I had to be at their house at 8 o’clock in the morning. An hour before, I took a train to Golli’s house, but alas! I took it in the wrong direction! I arrived there more than an hour late, and Agha Youssef wanted to kill me!
In Hamburg, slowly but surely, I entered the trade and market business, working with my father-in-law. Agha Youssef Khakshouri was a very strict person and tough businessman, so Elisha and I were somewhat afraid of him. Every time we would go to his office, each one of us would ask the other to be the one who checks if he’s there. He had some beautiful German secretaries, blond with blue eyes, and was afraid that Elisha and I would fall in love with one of them!