Leontin Israel

Leontin Israel
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  • Photo taken in:
    Budapest
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Hungary
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Hoefele and Klein
This is my husband's mother, Leontin Israel, nee Demayo - a Hungarian Sephardi Jew - photographed in the 1890s in the Hoefele and Klein studio in Budapest. She had lived in Budapest and Vienna before she got married. She spoke only German and Ladino at home. She met Marko Israel, a respected merchant from Plovdiv in Vienna, on one of his business trips. They got married and Leontin came to Bulgaria. She learned Bulgarian, but she spoke in a very funny way. All of Marko's friends, relatives and neighbors loved her, because she was very nice. They had six children, five girls: Rashel, Sarika, Rene, Elizabeth and Hanika, and a boy, Salvator, my husband. I didn't meet my mother-in-law Leontin, because she died young, but I know that my husband was very attached to her. She was a very nice, respected and beautiful woman. Their family had a wonderful house in the center of Plovdiv, which has been demolished.

Interview details

Interviewee: Matilda Israel
Interviewer:
Leontina Israel
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2003
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Leontin Israel
Decade of birth:
1880
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
City of death:
Plovdiv
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Demayo
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1900

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