Rebeca and Noe Gatlan

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  • Photo taken in:
    Braila
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Cartolina postale Rajar

This photo was taken in Braila in the 1940s, when my parents went to a ball. My mother was the queen of the ball. She wore a black dress with a peacock of beads. I kept this peacock of beads for a long time. My mother wore a natural fair-haired wig.

My parents didn't use to go to restaurants. But there were charity balls and house visits, which are now gone. They used to receive two or three family at a time, not just one person. This is what social life used to look like: visiting other families and going to balls to meet the others. Balls were held at the Communal Hall, which now houses the 'Maria Filoti' Theater. The Army House also organized huge balls. As I was growing up, the parties thrown by my parents were getting scarcer.

I remember my parents took my sister and me everywhere they went, from an early age. This is why I loved art. I didn't miss one single performance. For instance, when Ion Dacian came to town with his operetta performance, I was there. We didn't have a nanny anymore, so our parents couldn't leave us at home, and took us with them to operetta and opera performances, and to the movies. They probably did that partly because they couldn't find anyone to baby-sit. As for us, we really enjoyed going out like that.

My mother didn't have an occupation. She was a housewife, but she wasn't anything like those ladies who just sit around doing nothing; she took part in the activities related to our household, she didn't spend her time having coffee in the living room. When she would go some place, she would leave me with the nanny.

Interview details

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

KEY 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
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Scharf
    Year of changing: 
    1929
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Noe Gatlan
Year of birth:
1904
City of birth:
Barlad
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1963
City of death:
Braila
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Physician
after WW II:
Physician

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