Minta and Iosif Samoil Tucarman

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  • Photo taken in:
    Iasi
    Year when photo was taken:
    1914
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania

These are my parents, Minta and Iosif Samoil Tucarman, at their wedding in 1914.

My father was born in Iasi in 1889. He owned a grocery store, then a ferrous and nonferrous metal shop. He went about his business in the shop and saw to the house as well. He was very good at it. He was the warden of the Haim Hoffman synagogue located behind our house. He kept the Jewish tradition in the sense that he would go to the synagogue every Friday evening, on Saturdays, yearly holidays such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. 

My mother was born in Iasi in 1889. She would not let a Friday evening go by without her lighting the candles. I can see her right before my eyes: she put her little shawl on her head, she lit the candles. ‘I pray for our welfare, your welfare, let us all be healthy and safe from evil!’ She would utter these words in Yiddish although my parents spoke Romanian flawlessly. Like in any Jewish house, both they and my maternal grandmother would talk in Yiddish every time they did not want us children to understand what they were talking about. My mother played the most important part in our education.

When my youngest sister was born, the birth was very difficult. They did not use the forceps to help her, and as a result she had heart problems ever since, for 15 years. She had an embolism and that was the cause of her death. She used to say: ‘Iosif, dear, my children, don’t leave me!’ I can still hear the words she said when she was aware that she had to leave us. She died in 1939.

Interview details

Interviewee: Iancu Tucarman
Interviewer:
Cosmina Gusu
Month of interview:
October
Year of interview:
2006
Bucharest, Romania

KEY PERSON

Minta Tucarman
Year of birth:
1889
City of birth:
Iasi
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1939
City of death:
Iasi
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Moise
    Year of changing: 
    1914
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Iosif Tucarman
Jewish name:
Samoil
Year of birth:
1889
City of birth:
Iasi
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1974
City of death:
Iasi
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Died where:
Iasi
Occupation
before WW II:
Merchant
after WW II:
Tailor

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