Berta Finkel with her children Gustav and Carola

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  • Photo taken in:
    Botosani
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania

This is I, Berta Finkel, with my children, Gustav and Carola Finkel. Gustav was already going to school, and Carola was at kindergarten.

I, Berta Finkel, married here, in Botosani, in 1951. I didn't have children right away, it took a while. My son, Gustav Finkel, was born in 1958. He went to the talmud torah. There was this man, Haim Aranovici, who eventually taught him. I sent my son to study, and he studied. My son is very skilled at reading the Torah, he also performs the religious service at the synagogue. When my son was 16-17 - I don't remember what grade he was in, but he attended the Laurian High School -, rabbi Moses Rosen - who has also died - came to Botosani, and he wanted to send him to study in France, to learn Ivrit there. In fact, he knew Ivrit, for he learned it here, but… And my husband said he wouldn't send him there, that he should first go to university. He graduated the Faculty of Polytechnics in Iasi, he's an engineer. He served his military service before going to the faculty, when he was 18-19. He served in Buzau, he was part of the transmissions unit. He got married in 1992. His wife is Jewish, too, her maiden name was Beatrice Brif. They also had a religious ceremony performed at the synagogue in Botosani, I think Bruchmaier came from Bucharest to perform the service. I have a grandson from my son, Avi, he was born in November 1992.

I also have a daughter, Carola Finkel, she was born in 1963. She isn't married, we live together.

Interview details

Interviewee: Berta Finkel
Interviewer:
Emoke Major
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2006
Botosani, Romania

KEY PERSON

Gustav Finkel
Year of birth:
1958
City of birth:
Botosani
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Occupation
after WW II:
Engineer

Other Person

Carola Finkel
Year of birth:
1963
City of birth:
Botosani
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Occupation
after WW II:
Unemploved

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