Leon and Clara Gatlan

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  • Photo taken in:
    Vaslui
    Year when photo was taken:
    1915
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania

This is a picture of my paternal grandfather, Leon Gatlan and my paternal grandmother, Clara Gatlan. This picture was taken in Vaslui in 1915. This picture has the following dedication: ‘In remembrance of our parents, Clara and Leon Gatlan; 1915.’ It's a typical old photo with my grandfather wearing a twirled mustache. They didn't belong to a low stratum, they looked tidy. It is evident from the appearance that they had a certain social status.

My paternal grandparents were from Moldova, and they lived in Barlad. My grandfather's name was Leon Gatlan, but he was also registered as Leone in some records, and people called him Leibe. This was a Hebrew diminutive form. He was born in Harlau, in Iasi County, but he later moved to Barlad.

My grandmother was named Clara, but they called her Haia - this was her Jewish name. She was born in 1876, in Vaslui. I don't know what her maiden name was, because I never even met her. I know from old photos that she had two sisters, Pesy and Eufrosine, but their names are all that I know about them. All the members of the Gatlan family were Jewish.

I don't know how they got to have this name, which is their initial name. It's a Romanian name, but, since they lived in Moldova, it must have been the name they bore from the very beginning, because people didn't use to change their names back then; this is something they do nowadays.

I don't know the names of any other ancestors of mine. I know that they were generally located in Moldova and spent the last part of their lives in Barlad. They had been living in Barlad for a long time. The house in Barlad was rather large and roomy as far as I could see, but how it looked is something I don't remember very well.

I don't know if they were landowners, but they did have some land which was a sort of leasehold. I saw a photo of my grandfather on a horse: he must have been either a landowner proper, or a leaseholder who took care of the estate.

I don't know much about my paternal grandmother. Frankly speaking, at my age, I feel sorry I didn't really talk to my parents about my grandparents when I grew up. Maybe this was also my parents' mistake. Now I have to make connections between the few things I heard and what I see in pictures. I try to make the best out of my few memories. My grandfather died before I was born, but I don't know in what year - I believe it was in the 1930s. My paternal grandmother died in 1940-something, when I was very young.

Interview details

Interviewee: Cornelia Gatlan
Interviewer:
Roxana Onica
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2004
Braila, Romania

KEY PERSON

Leon Gatlan
Jewish name:
Leibe
Decade of birth:
1870
City of birth:
Harlau
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
City of death:
Barlad (Vaslui)
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Landowner

Other Person

Clara Gatlan
Jewish name:
Haile
Year of birth:
1876
City of birth:
Vaslui
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
City of death:
Barlad (Vaslui)
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
  • Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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