Paula Iancu and Rebeca Gatlan

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

This is a picture of my grandmother Paula Perla Iancu, and my mother Rebeca Gatlan, nee Scharf. The photo was taken in Barlad. The way Grandmother is dressed was the fashion at the time, with a big hat on the head. My grandmother dressed in an ordinary fashion. Only the wives of rabbis used to dress differently.

My mother's name was Rebecca Scharf - she bore my grandmother's maiden name - and she was born on 16th October 1911.

My grandmother was quite a woman. She was a perfect housewife. She was married twice: her first husband was a certain Iosif Feldman, and the second was called Iancu Haim. She lived in Barlad when she was with the former. I know that man was my mother's natural father. Grandfather Iosif Feldman left for America - I don't know why - and didn't came back until my mother got married.

I met my other 'grandfather,' that is, my grandmother's second husband, the one named Haim; I used to call him 'Uncle Haim.' Iancu Haim was the one I met last, so I considered him my grandfather. My grandparents lived in Iasi, in the Podu Ros quarter.

My grandmother remained in Iasi for some time after Haim's death, and then she came to Braila, to live with my parents. She stayed with us for a while - I don't know for how many years - but, around 1948, she signed up for Israel and she left there by herself. I don't know how old she was when she emigrated - she wasn't that old though - but she left nonetheless, because she had a daughter there - Frida Scharf, my mother's sister - and two granddaughters.

I know my grandmother lived in an old age home down there, but the conditions were good. She spent quite a number of years in Israel, but she didn't live at her daughter's. She suffered from diabetes, and she used to eat a lot of fruit and sweets in Israel, so she got into a diabetic coma at some point, and never recovered from it. She died in Israel, in 1959 or 1960.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Paula Iancu
Year of birth:
1892
City of birth:
Barlad
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Scharf
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1910
  • Previous family name: 
    Feldman
    Reason for changing: 
    Remarriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1930

Other Person

Rebeca Gatlan
Year of birth:
1911
City of birth:
Barlad
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1977
City of death:
Braila
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Scharf
    Year of changing: 
    1929
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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