Rabbi Izidor Katz saying blessings at Alica Gazikova's wedding

Rabbi Izidor Katz saying blessings at Alica Gazikova's wedding

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The photograph shows Rabbi Izidor Katz (the man on the right) as he is saying the blessings during our wedding. Standing beside the rabbi, on the left-hand side, is my husband, Albert Gazik. We had our wedding in Bratislava in an Orthodox synagogue on Heydukova Street on 9th September 1954. At that time there was still this one rabbi here, by the name of Izidor Katz. He later left to go abroad somewhere. The way it was in those days was that you first had to have a civil wedding, which was at the Town Hall, and then on the same day in the synagogue, the clerical wedding. Our wedding reception was at the Carlton Hotel. There weren't a lot of guests, 21 I think. In my husband's family Jewish traditions were kept up quite a bit, as my husband's parents were from devout families. My father-in-law came from around Komarno and my husband's mother was from Topolciany. Before the war Topolciany had a very strong, devout Jewish community. After the war, though, they abandoned keeping kosher, but they observed all the holidays.
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Alica Gazikova