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This picture was taken in Caddebostan around the same time.From the left, Yomtov Behar, his daughter Ivon, Rika Mortfin, a close friend of ours, her husband died young, she is deceased too now, she was always with us, Esti Peres, Süzi Levi, Zelda behar, Ceni Rutli and Izi Levi. And this is our daughter Stina. Viki used to live on the bottom floor of the house behind us, and we lived on the upper floor.I do not remember the memory pertaining to this picture right now.We had beautiful friendships in Caddebostan where we spent our summers.  We would go with them to the sea as well as play games, and dance, we laughed a lot, our days passed wonderfully.What did we not do at that time.  The Sarhon’s would come, the Peres’ would come.  We always played, danced, played games, had fights too.  The deceased Izi levi always played jokes on Izak Sarhon, constantly teased him, once he put aliminum plate in his pants as a joke.  This is how we had fun.

My daughter Stina Rutli was born in 1956 in Istanbul.When Stina was little, she ate with so much difficulty, that we did not want to have any more children.  The same morsel in her mouth for hours, we would say a birdie is flying, she still would not swallow.We spoke in Turkish with Stina.  She does not know Judeo Espagnol at all.  We could not send her to a Jewish school- she attended a private elementary school in Pangalti, I do not remember the name, that school doesn't exist any more.  She attended junior high in Saint-Pulcherie. She learned French there.During summers, we would go to Caddebostan, for years.  Later on when Stina grew up, we went to Suadiye for summer. (Two neighborhoods on the Asian side, on the seashore).  We got a nice home, that is to say rented it for summer.  The landlady had a son.  One day she came home, I wasn't there, "with the decree of G-d, and the power of the prophet, I want your daughter for my son".  Stina was still 14-15 years old.  We stopped going to Suadiye after this and started going to Büyükada (the largest and last one of the Princess islands).  A few years latershe married Yusuf Jojo Baruh at the age of 18.  On June 1st, 1974.  Yusuf has a store about electricity on Bankalar caddesi(Banks street). She had a daughter named Selin and a son named Ediz. Ediz is 27 years old, Selin is 25.

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Interviewee: Jak Rutli
Yusuf Sarhon
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Istanbul, Turkey


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The Ottoman Empire
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