Eli and Vilma Finanser

Eli and Vilma Finanser
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  • Photo taken in:
    Istanbul
    Year when photo was taken:
    1947
    Country name at time of photo:
    Turkey
    Country name today:
    Turkey
These are my aunt and uncle, Eli and Vilma Finanser, while they were engaged, in Kalpazankaya, Burgaz. The photo was taken in 1947. My mother had eight siblings. As she was the third child, she saw her mother pregnant most of the time and helped raise many of her siblings. She took so much care of her brother Eli, who was 18 years younger, that she loved him more like a son than a brother. She would tell me, 'He is not your uncle, he is your brother.' As I was an only child, this is how I came to have an uncle/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

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
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Benezra
    Year of changing: 
    1934

Other Person

Vilma Finanser
Jewish name:
Etel
Year of birth:
1927
City of birth:
Istanbul
Country name at time of birth:
Turkey
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Bubic
    Year of changing: 
    1949
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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