The house of Salvator Israel

The house of Salvator Israel
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  • Photo taken in:
    Plovdiv
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1944
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria
This is a photo of the house where my husband Salvator Israel lived with his family. The house was situated in the center of Plovdiv. It does not exist today, it was destroyed. The second person from left is my husband's father Marko Israel. I don?t know the others in the photo, but I suppose they are Salvator's mother and sisters. My husband's father was a very wealthy and respected merchant in Plovdiv, but he went bankrupt and lost all his money before World War II. He married a Hungarian Sephardi Jew named 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. My husband had five sisters - Rashel, Sarika, Rene, Elizabeth and Hanika, who died very young. My husband was born on 2nd April 1908.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Marko Israel
Decade of birth:
1870
City of birth:
Plovdiv
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
City of death:
Plovdiv
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

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