Feride and Ezra Bozo with their niece Rachel Baruh

Feride and Ezra Bozo with their niece Rachel Baruh
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  • Photo taken in:
    Istanbul
    Country name at time of photo:
    Turkey
    Country name today:
    Turkey
These are my parents, Ferida and Ezra Bozo. The girl in the picture standing behind my parents is their niece Rachel Baruh. The photo was taken in Istanbul in the 1960s. My father wasn't a very talkative person. He was a serious man. He was also very intelligent. He didn't chatter with people and he didn't interfere in others' businesses. He led a calm and comfortable life. He wasn't too humorous. I've never heard a bad word spoken about him. He led a very simple life. You know, the first prayers in the morning are quite early. He would get up much earlier and go to the synagogue at 4:30 in the morning. They would have sessions on religion before the prayers. They would read religious texts and discuss them. My father always joined these sessions. After the sessions, there would be the morning prayers. From there he would come home, have his breakfast and go to work. My father would never go out without a hat. He would never go around the house without a kipa either. He didn't have a beard. In old times, I remember him having a very small moustache. He always wore a tie and jacket but didn't care for luxuries or fashion. He wore simple clothes and no jewelry. He bought my mother some nice diamonds and rings though. My mother was my father's second wife. She was a housewife. My mother was a very calm, docile and quiet woman. She would never shout. She cooked wonderful meals. My mother was short, fair-skinned with dark eyes and brows. She was a beautiful woman. My mother was beautiful even when she was old. She would dress very neatly. It wasn't easy to raise seven to eight children. After she married them off, visits to the respective families started, and then came the grandchildren and more visits. She would spend all her time with the family.

Interview details

Interviewee: Harun Bozo
Istanbul, Turkey

KEY PERSON

Feride Bozo
Year of birth:
1884
City of birth:
Aleppo
Year of death:
1968
City of death:
Istanbul
Country of death:
Turkey
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Acem
    Year of changing: 
    1907
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Ezra Bozo
Year of birth:
1876
City of birth:
Urfa
Year of death:
1976
City of death:
Istanbul
Country of death:
Turkey
Occupation
before WW II:
Haberdasher

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