Iulius Wechsler

Iulius Wechsler
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  • Year when photo was taken:
    1918
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania
The photo was taken on the front line, on Romanian territory, in World War I, in 1916. This is my father, Iulius Wechsler in the Romanian Army uniform. My father, Haim Maier Wechsler, was born in Namoloasa, in 1883. He changed his name to Iulius Wechsler before 1910. He got married in Ploiesti, in 1912. My brother and sister were born before the war [Ed. note: 1916 was the year Romania entered World War I.]. My father came to Bucharest around 1900. His parents were dead, so a part of what he earned from the small businesses he did was destined for the support of his sisters. My parents met through a matchmaker. It was probably someone from Ploiesti who saw that my grandfather had a daughter who had reached the proper age for marriage and who thought about finding her the best match. So it was through this intermediary that discussions were held on whether she wanted to marry the man and whether she found his situation acceptable. My father's social position was of a tradesman. Since most of the Jews were craftsmen, tailors, shoemakers etc., being a tradesman meant a good position for a Jew.

Interview details

Interviewee: Aristide Streja
Interviewer:
Anca Ciuciu
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2004
Bucharest, Romania

KEY PERSON

Iulius Wechsler
Year of birth:
1883
City of birth:
Namoloasa
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1970
City of death:
Bucharest
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

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