Albert and Matild Ravunas

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  • Photo taken in:
    Istanbul
    Country name at time of photo:
    Turkey
    Country name today:
    Turkey

This is a photo that is nearly 100 years old. It’s a photo of Albert Ravuna and his wife Matild Ravuna . Albert Ravuna was my father’s cousin and they were very close to each other.

Albert and Matild Ravuna had 3 daughters. One of them lives in Israel and her name is Lucia Katan. The second one died but the third is a very dear friend of mine, Tika Penso.

My father's side of the family was from Istanbul. My father's father, Salamon Baruh, used to work at a glassware shop in Beyoglu [a fashionable district in Istanbul with the street named Pera running in the middle of it] named "Karako". "Istiklal Caddesi" [this very fashionable street that ran from Taksim Square till Tunel was then called "Pera"], the trade center of Istanbul, where foreign firms and shops selling foreign goods were located, was the busiest street of the city. During those days, working at a big shop brought with it an organized life. Being in charge of a warehouse or working as a cashier at a big shop was regarded as a respected career, and was enough to support the family. Not everyone needed to become a merchant. Salamon Baruh, by taking advantage of the privilege granted to non-muslims had not performed his military service. [1] Salamon Baruh, had two more sisters, named Rebeka and Lea. Rebeka married Hayim Musabak, and they never had any children. On the other hand, Lea married the son of a very wealthy family, named Bohoraci Ravuna. The Albert Ravuna in this photo is the son of Bohoraci and Lea Ravuna.

Interview details

Interviewee: Lina Franko
Interviewer:
Feride Petilon
Month of interview:
August
Year of interview:
2004
Istanbul, Turkey

KEY PERSON

Albert Ravuna
Decade of birth:
1890
City of birth:
Istanbul
Country name at time of birth:
The Ottoman Empire
Year of death:
1960
City of death:
Istanbul
Country of death:
Turkey
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman

Other Person

Matild Ravuna
Decade of birth:
1890
Country name at time of birth:
The Ottoman Empire
Year of death:
1960
City of death:
Istanbul
Country of death:
Turkey
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife

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