Moscu Mizrahy and his friends at Purim

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  • Photo taken in:
    Bucharest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1913
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania

The photograph was taken in 1913 in Bucharest. The first on the right in the front row, is my father, Moscu Mizrahy, in his school uniform, together with his friends, celebrating the Purim holiday.

My father was born on 12th April 1897 in Bucharest. He was what they call a 'self-made man'. He went to the Evangelic School, then to the Commerce Academy in Bucharest. Right after he graduated from the former, he started to provide for himself by doing bookkeeping for various employers; he did this all the way through college. In 1924 he was hired as a clerk by a company owned by a very rich family, Marcus Pincas & Co. In just a few years, through hard work and competence, he made it to proxy. Over the years, his career developed further: authorized accountant, expert accountant, and PhD in economics. 

My father observed the main holidays of the Hebrew calendar, fasted once a year, for Yom Kippur, didn't eat bread during the eight days of Pesach, and, if he came back from work in time to catch the Friday night service, he went to the temple and read from the prayer book alongside the others. He wasn't devout, but had had a religious education. I have his old prayer books, where he thoroughly marked over the years the time of the Kol Nidrei prayer, the time of the shofar, and the time when the service ended. I carry on this tradition and I mark the times when the services begin and end.

Interview details

Interviewee: Dan Mizrahy
Interviewer:
Anca Ciuciu
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2005
Bucharest, Romania

KEY PERSON

Moscu Mizrahy
Year of birth:
1897
City of birth:
Bucharest
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1968
City of death:
Ghivat
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Accountant
after WW II:
Accountant

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