My older sister Ester, her spouse and their daughter

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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

My older sister Ester was born in 1915. She graduated from Saint Benoit, and then completed the tests  of Baccalaureate at the Palais de France with "outstanding academic achievement". In this exam there were subjects like Histoire (history) and Geographie Française (French geography), Geometrie (geometry), Botanic (biology). We had a beautiful piano in our house.  Both Ester, and my other older sister Öjeni had taken lessons from the same instructor and they both played the piano well. 

Ester married Yako Krespi in 1938 in the Zülfaris Synagogue [today it houses the Jewish museum inaugurated by the 500. Year Foundation]. My brother-in-law, Yako had a hardware workshop in Tahtakale, he would manufacture different sized tin boxes. From this marriage they had Viki (1940), Jojo (1943) and in (1948) twins named Hayim ve Moshe.

My niece Viki, who was born in 1940 graduated from Saint Benoit. She married Mevorah Lago, a lawyer from Edirne in1960, in the Zulfaris Synagogue. They had two daughters.  One of them is named Eti, I forgot the name of the other one. Both are graduates of university. In 1990 Viki's husband unfortunately passed on, he was buried in Istanbul.  She married a gentleman named Jak a short while later (I don't remember his family name), they currently live together. 

Her daughters worked with the Turkish Airlines and they sent both of them to Israel.  One of the girls is in charge of the Tel Aviv office of Turkish Airlines, she is married and has children.

The other girl is married to a gentleman who is a shirt merchant and has children (I don't know the names). These two nieces currently reside in Israel. 

My other nephew Jojo who was born in 1943 also finished Saint Benoit. He opened a metal hardware workshop in Dolapdere [A neighborhood on the European side], went to be with his sibling in Israel at the age of 35, worked with him for 5 years; returned to  Istanbul. He married a lady named Beki at the age of 48 (I don't know the last name).  They did not have children, maybe they did not want them. His business is in  Shishane; [A neighborhood on the European side where the Jews lived at the turn of the century, today it is a tourist area and houses complementary electrical industry]. He imports projectors from Israel and sells them. He is 62 years old now.

The twins on the other hand celebrated their bar-mitzvah ceremony at the age of 13 in the Bnai Brith building of today. At the time the business of Yako (Jak) unfortunately wasn't going well and he had a hard time raising so many kids. When Hayim and Moshe turned 14, they sent them to Israel and settled them there. 

They, themselves settled in Israel after marrying their daughter, 10 years after the kids went to Israel. Ester died in 1995, my brother-in-law preceded her, they are both buried in Israel.

Hayim sells electronics. He married Beki who had emigrated from Istanbul and had three children. Two of the kids are college students, the other one manages a small gyros restaurant.

Moshe on the other hand is a military captain, there is a very interesting story about his career. The Israeli government had made an agreement with France about buying 5 ships but even though they had been paid for, the ships were not being delivered. The government devised a plan where they changed the last name of Moshe, prepared a new passport for him and flew him to France with a few helpers. The team reached France and raided the ships that belonged to them and brought them to Israel. My information about this period unfortunately is limited, I have been removed from events like the birth of Israel, and they did not write letters.  Mose's wife is of Algerian origin, I don't remember her last name, but his marriage to Maggie produced two sons. One of these children, I am sorry to say, died in a traffic accident at the age of 13, the other one is about to open a butcher shop. 

 

Interview details

Interviewee: Nesim Alkabes
Interviewer:
Meri Schild
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2005
Istanbul, Turkey

KEY PERSON

Ester Krespi
Year of birth:
1915
City of birth:
istanbul
Country name at time of birth:
Ottoman Empire
Year of death:
1995
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Alkabes
    Year of changing: 
    1938
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Yako Krespi
Country name at time of birth:
Ottoman Empire
Year of death:
1990
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessmann, Retail merchant

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