Leon, Süzan and Vilma Finanser

Leon, Süzan and Vilma Finanser
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  • Photo taken in:
    Istanbul
    Year when photo was taken:
    1951
    Country name at time of photo:
    Ottoman Empire
    Country name today:
    Turkey
Here you can see my uncle Leon Finanser and his wife Süzan, with Vilma Finanser, in Fenerbahce. The photo was taken in 1951. My mother had eight siblings. As she was the third child, she saw her mother pregnant most of the time and helped raise many of her siblings. She took so much care of her brother Eli, who was 18 years younger, that she loved him more like a son than a brother. She would tell me, 'He is not your uncle, he is your brother.' As I was an only child, this is how I came to have an uncle/brother. Eli Finanser attended the St. Benoit French School. He had a wholesale business of pharmacy equipment. He was married to Vilma Bubic and had two daughters, Etel and Rozi, both of whom attended the Ste. Pulchérie French School. Rozi then went on to the St. Michel Lycée and the Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied Textile Designing. Eli died in Istanbul in 1997. His wife and daughters still live here. Leon Finanser was a customs agent. He adopted the name Cemil Finanser. He was married to Süzan from Edirne. They didn't have any children. They moved to Israel in the 1970s. There, Leon adopted the name Ari Finanser. He died there in 1989. As far as I know, his wife Süzan still lives in Israel.

Interview details

Interviewee: Güler Orgun
Interviewer:
Anet Pase
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2005
Istanbul, Turkey

KEY PERSON

Leon Finanser
Year of birth:
1906
City of birth:
Istanbul
Year of death:
1989
Country of death:
Israel
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Benezra
    Year of changing: 
    1934
    Decade of changing: 
    1930

Other Person

Süzan Finanser
Jewish name:
Ari
Year of birth:
1916
City of birth:
Edirne
Country name at time of birth:
Turkey
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife

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