Avni Tuncer's family

Avni Tuncer's family
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  • Photo taken in:
    Istanbul
    Year when photo was taken:
    1984
    Country name at time of photo:
    Turkey
    Country name today:
    Turkey
On a nice summer day, in 1984, the family got together in my uncle Eli's summer house on the island of Burgaz. That's where this photo was taken. From left to right: My father Avni Tuncer, my eldest uncle's wife Sara Finanser, my youngest uncle's wife Vilma Finanser, Uncle Eli Finanser; sitting down my cousin Etel Bensason, Vilma and Eli's elder daughter. My father, Henri Nassi, was born in Constanza, Romania, in 1903. He came to Istanbul permanently when he was 17. A few years after coming to Turkey, and before getting married, he changed both his name and his religion in order to acquire Turkish citizenship. He adopted Islam on paper and the name Avni Tuncer. My mother's eldest brother, Nisim Finanser, born circa 1896, was in the wholesale textile business on commission, in Sirkeci, like his father. He was married to Sara Baruh and had two sons. He died in 1958 of a brain hemorrhage. His elder son Moris moved to Israel and died there. His younger son Alper is exactly my age. He still lives in Istanbul. Both Moris and Alper attended the St. Benoit French School. My mother's youngest brother Eli Finanser attended the St. Benoit French School. He had a wholesale business of pharmacy equipment. He was married to Vilma Bubic and had two daughters, Etel and Rozi, both of whom attended the Ste. Pulchérie French School. Rozi then went on to the St. Michel Lycée and the Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied Textile Designing. Eli died in Istanbul in 1997. His wife and daughters still live here.

Interview details

Interviewee: Güler Orgun
Interviewer:
Anet Pase
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2005
Istanbul, Turkey

KEY PERSON

Avni Tuncer
Year of birth:
1903
City of birth:
Constanza
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1999
City of death:
Istanbul
Country of death:
Turkey
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Nassi
    Year of changing: 
    1930

Other Person

Eli Finanser
Year of birth:
1918
City of birth:
Istanbul
Country name at time of birth:
Turkey
Year of death:
1997
City of death:
Istanbul
Country of death:
Turkey
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
  • Previous family name: 
    Benezra
    Year of changing: 
    1934

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