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BARBAOUKA GARDEN

This is a photo taken in 1933. At that time, the residential areas ended in Sisli. There was nothing after Sisli. No Mecidiyekoy, like today. It was all empty lands and fields. There used to be garden called Barbaouka. This was a fruit garden. This photo was taken in May. We went there with various friends. I don’t remember the names of all of them. The first from left to right is Albert Par, I don’t remember the second, the third is Izak Rofe and his siter is beside him; the sixth is Moiz Atiyas and the girl kneeling in front is his sister, and then there’s me at the right.

An Outing in Kilyos

This photo was taken on a Sunday in the years 1929-1930 on the road to Kilyos.  At that time there were no roads to Kilyos, no buses, no cars.  We could only go there on foot.  We went to Sariyer by bus or by boat and then we walked to Kilyos.  It was a 2-3 hour-walk.  We could reach there through the mountains.  One day my friends and I decided to go on an outing like this.  A few friends and I set off.    It was summer of course.

In Bursa

You can see my father, myself and a cousin in this picture across our home in Bursa. The house across the street from ours had shutters on. . All of the Jews in Bursa lived on the same street. On both sides of the hill full of trees were houses lined up. Only Jews lived until the place we called Chatalfirin (Forkbakery). We had 3 synagogues, Yirush, Mayor and Etz Hayim. We were crowded, we were like siblings. We would eat and play together with the daughters of the poor families who came to our house as helpers.

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