The family of Salvator Israel

The family of Salvator Israel
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  • Photo taken in:
    Plovdiv
    Year when photo was taken:
    1918
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1944
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria
This is a photo of my husband Salvator Israel (first from right) with his sisters, Sarika (next to him), Hanika (first from left sitting), Rashel (the one standing) and his mother Leontin Israel, nee Demayo (second from left sitting). The photo was taken in Plovdiv, on 22nd January 1918. At the time the photo was taken, my husband was ten years old. My husband was born on 2nd April 1908 in Plovdiv. He was born in the family of the respected merchant Marko Israel and the Hungarian Sephardi Jew Leontin Demayo, who had lived in Budapest and Vienna before the marriage. They met in Vienna on one of Marko's business trips, they married and Leontin came to Bulgaria. I didn't meet my mother-in-law, because she died young, but I know that my husband was very attached to her. She was a very nice, respected and beautiful woman. Their family had a wonderful house in the center of Plovdiv, which has been demolished. My husband had five sisters: Rashel, Sarika, Rene, Elizabeth and Hanika. Elizabeth and Rene are not in this photo. Hanika died very young, when she was nine years old. This was a great shock for the whole family. The eldest sister was Rashel, then was Sarika, Rene, Salvator, Hanika and Elisabeth was the youngest sister. Sarika, Rene, Rashel and Elisabeth went to live in Israel after the war and later Elizabeth moved to the USA with her husband, who was a German Jew. The children of Elisabeth, Kamea and Mickey, also live there. Rashel's husband is Solomon Perets. They have two daughters, Lunchy and Hanika. They moved to live in Israel in 1948.

Interview details

Interviewee: Matilda Israel
Interviewer:
Leontina Israel
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2003
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Salvator Israel
Year of birth:
1908
City of birth:
Plovdiv
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1986
City of death:
Sofia
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Doctor
after WW II:
Teacher/Professor

Other Person

Leontin Israel
Decade of birth:
1880
City of birth:
Budapest
Country name at time of birth:
Hungary
City of death:
Plovdiv
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Demayo
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1900

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