Alberto Abravanel and his wife Bella

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  • Photo taken in:
    Vienna
    Year when photo was taken:
    1920
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Austria

This is Alberto Abravanel, my husband’s brother, holding his wife Bella. The photo was taken in Vienna, Austria, in 1920. 

I remember Bella was talking in Ladino but never in front of me because I could not understand a word. Bella and Alberto had four children: Gaston, who died at Hirsch hospital, Zermain, Jackos - named after his grandfather - and Lilika. 

Before the occupation Bella was very fat so she went with her husband to Austria for some spa theraphy to lose weight. My father-in-law had gone with them. During the occupation they went to hide in Athens. After the war they emigrated to Israel. We kept some letter contact. Lilika was sending me recipes taken from the Israeli cuisine. 

Bella died first and then her husband passed away. I remember when I heard about her death I was so upset. I sent to Lilika a bouquet of flowers. Both Bella and Alberto were kind and sweet people, always smiling.

Interview details

Interviewee: Eugenia Abravanel
Interviewer:
Valia Kravva
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2005
Thessaloniki, Greece

KEY PERSON

Bella Abravanel
City of birth:
Salonica
Country name at time of birth:
Ottoman Empire
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Alberto Abravanel
City of birth:
Salonica
Country name at time of birth:
Ottoman Empire
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
after WW II:
landowner

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