Listening to Zeki Muren

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  • Photo taken in:
    Istanbul
    Year when photo was taken:
    1960
    Country name at time of photo:
    Turkey
    Country name today:
    Turkey
A place in Tepebashi, Istanbul, Zeki Muren was on stage. I was still a soldier. I was a king while I was in the military. You don’t want to be discharged. I was born on August 6th, 1938. I did not go to preschool. My mother took care of me. My first education was in the Ismet Pasha elementary school where I was president for 30 years. The name of the school was later changed to Shehit Asim school. I finished junior high and highschool in Edirne highschool. All were public schools. I loved social studies, history and geography most. I hated physics. I did my national service in Denizli during 1959-60. While I was in the military, I got engaged on May 27th, 1960. I returned to Edirne in 1962. Before I left for the military, I was working in my father's business. I got married and started working. I took over the business which was the sale of auto tires in 1962 completely. I still do this work. We also had a franchise for Mobil. Later my father retired. My wife's brother Mehahem Razon was my classmate. We grew up together, with her older brother. We were children from the same neighborhood, our houses were very close. The spark happened from there. My wife Luna Romano was born in Edirne on August 25th, 1944. She studied in Shehit Asim school. She went to junior high and highschool in Edirne. They went out with the same group of friends for years. They would get together at homes on weekends, hold parties. My wife's family are people who are loved and respected in Edirne. Today we still continue our friendship with some of her friends in Istanbul. Our wedding was a little sad. My wife's father had passed away before the wedding. We were in mourning because of that. In our family, mothers and fathers are above everything. We were raised in formality, but attachment was more prevalent in my wife's family. In a family where everyone is so close, our wedding took place in an atmosphere of melancholy due to the absence of the father. Normally one would organize an evening for a wedding. We could not have the wedding even though we were wealthy. We were going to have fun but there would be sorrow in us. We married on September 9th, 1962 in Edirne Synagogue, we went to Istanbul by train that night, we stayed at the Hilton hotel. My older daughter Ines was born in 1964, and in 1973, my younger daughter Sima.

Interview details

Interviewee: Yasef Romano
Interviewer:
Alberto Modiano
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2005
Istanbul, Turkey

KEY PERSON

Yasef Romano
Year of birth:
1938
City of birth:
Edirne
Country name at time of birth:
Turkey
Occupation
before WW II:
School Administrator
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper

Other Person

Luna Romano
Year of birth:
1944
City of birth:
Edirne
Country name at time of birth:
Turkey
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
  • Previous family name: 
    Razon
    Year of changing: 
    1962
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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