Country name at time of photo:TurkeyCountry name today:Turkey
This photo was taken when my cousin - my aunt's son- who was from Lebanon, came to visit. You can also see a group of my friends here. I?m the second from right here. Other persons in the photograph: Murat Binler, my neighbor, friends who came to visit from Lebanon and Moiz Moseri, who was from Israel. The photo was taken in 1951 or 1952. I had a very nice group of friends till I got married. In our time, we didn't have any Turkish friends. Jojo Bati's brother, Selim Bati, was married to my niece. Jojo Bati was my best friend and we came to Istanbul from Urfa together. He left to go to the USA. Another friend from Urfa, Moiz Moseri immigrated to Israel and has died. Murat Binler has been my friend since Urfa. Armando Gatenyo was my childhood friend. We lived in the same street. Niso Behar and Leon Menase were my other friends. We were a handful of guys. I lost them all after I got married. I couldn't have many friends while I was married. Even with my second marriage it didn't work out, so I saw the guys separately. My second wife was very young of course. We didn't see many people during the winter. In the summer I would see my friends at the port in Buyukada. Now, on Buyukada I have very sweet neighbors and we see each other.