Edna Sinai as a young lady

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  • Photo taken in:
    Dorohoi
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania (1945-1989)
    Country name today:
    Romania

This is my sister, Erica - Edna Sinai I believe she was approximately 16, so it was around 1945. The photograph must have been taken in Dorohoi.

My sister, Erica, was born in Dorohoi 7 years after I was born, namely in 1929. My sister was in her second year of high school when we left for Transnistria and she stopped going to school then; she didn't resume her studies when we returned. We were in dire straits. I had to provide for the three of us: for myself, my mother, and my sister. And my uncle Leon - the husband of my mother's sister - placed my sister in one of those Jewish hostels where they prepared you for going to Israel. And she stayed for a short time in that hostel in Bucharest and then she left to Israel in 1947 or 1948. Officially, her name was Erica, but they called her Edna in Israel. I don't know why, but she had her name changed in Israel. I don't know what job she had there - whatever she could find on arriving where they sent them from that hostel. We only received mail indirectly, through aunt Ana - because she had no job, she wasn't afraid. There was a time when you weren't allowed to have connections in Israel, so we didn't. And we received news indirectly… After a period of time, it was allowed, and we wrote to each other.

My sister met her future husband, Max Sinai, in Israel. He is from Romania, too, from Darabani - the market town of Darabani - located near Dorohoi -, he raised cattle for a living in Israel. [Darabani is located 38 km north-east of Dorohoi.] They married in 1964 [probably in Bat Yam, that is what the wedding photograph reads, the photograph rosmi031]. My sister died around 1980, I forget the actual year. And her husband calls me on the phone once in a blue moon. He is still alive and is living in Israel, but I don't know which city they moved to.

Interview details

Interviewee: Sura Milstein
Interviewer:
Emoke Major
Year of interview:
2006
Botosani, Romania

KEY PERSON

Edna Sinai
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Dorohoi
Country name at time of birth:
Romania (1920-1945)
Year of death:
1980
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Sulimzohn
    Year of changing: 
    1964
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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