Klara Perahya with Lina Assen and David Perahya

Klara Perahya with Lina Assen and David Perahya
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  • Photo taken in:
    Istanbul
    Year when photo was taken:
    1942
    Country name at time of photo:
    Turkey
    Country name today:
    Turkey
This is a photo taken in a children's park in Istanbul in 1942. My then sister-in-law, Klara Angel (on the left), and a friend of her whose name I don?t remember (on the right) can be seen here with my children, David and Lina. I have two children from Elsa: my daughter Lina, born in 1943, and my son David, born in 1947. Lina was named after Grandmother Belina, as for David, he was named according to a dream Elsa had a short time before his birth. She saw a very old and wise man holding a baby in his arms and giving him to her saying, 'This is your baby. You will name him David.' As we lived all together in the house the children weren't just our children, they were the 'children of the house.' Later we moved, all together, to Tepebashi, a residential district on the European side of Istanbul, near the Jewish neighborhood. Our apartment was named Jul Apartiman after its owner, Mr. Jules Blumenthal, a rich and famous trader, representative and producer in Turkey of Columbia and His Master's Voice records. We had such wonderful days; however, very unfortunately, my wife Elsa died of cancer in 1949, in spite of all the efforts by the renowned physician Dr. Barbut. I was a widower with two children. Although we lived together as a family I was feeling the absence of a wife very dearly. In 1951, my then-sister-in-law, Klara, and I decided to get married.

Interview details

Interviewee: Eli Perahya
Interviewer:
Naim Guleryuz
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2005
Istanbul, Turkey

KEY PERSON

Klara Perahya
Year of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Istanbul
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Angel
    Year of changing: 
    1951
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Lina Perahya
Year of birth:
1943
City of birth:
Istanbul
Country name at time of birth:
Turkey

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