Strolling Selim

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  • Photo taken in:
    Istanbul
    Year when photo was taken:
    1944
    Country name at time of photo:
    Turkey
    Country name today:
    Turkey

In this picture we are strolling our son Selim in Kuzguncuk [a district in the Asian side of Istanbul]. My wife’s family lived there and we used to go and visit them there.

On the left of the photo you can see Albert Eskenazi, who was my sister-in-law Ester’s husband, then you can see my wife Suzan and then on her left, that’s me, Moiz Isman, and then on my right, you can see Ester, my wife’s sister.

My wife’s sister, Ester Akkoen, was also born in Kuzguncuk, and she grew up there. Ester used to work at a firm owned by a very rich man named Ahmet Diliboz, who had come from Russia. This man brought with him a lot of pearls, when he was escaping from Russia. He sold them here, and founded this firm. This is the way he used to tell us. This firm was engaged in export and import business. Ester worked as a secretary in this firm, for a few years. Later on she married Albert Eskenazi. They had three children named, Rifka, Suzi, and Moiz. When their children grew up, they emigrated to Israel. Ester and Albert also emigrated to Israel in 1966, after their children.

Rifka chose to be a housewife after she got married. On the other hand, Suzi worked at one of the branches of the Discount Bank in Tel Aviv for long years. Later on she got married, and had children, but continued working in spite of having had children. She became a Division Manager. She still continues working for this bank. She also had grandchildren. Their son Moiz, on the other hand, became a total vagrant. Unfortunately, he became the black sheep of the family. He usually disappears for a long a time, then comes back. The family becomes very miserable upon each of his returns home. Unfortunately we lost Albert in 2002; he is buried in Israel.

All my wife’s siblings have close ties with each other, and love one another. We always liked spending time with each other, and we've always been like siblings. We still talk at least twice a week on the phone with each other, and meet once a year.

Interview details

Interviewee: Moiz Isman
Interviewer:
Meri Schild
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2004
Istanbul, Turkey

KEY PERSON

Suzan Isman
Year of birth:
1914
City of birth:
Istanbul
Country name at time of birth:
Ottoman Empire
Year of death:
1988
City of death:
Istanbul
Country of death:
Turkey
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Akkoen
    Year of changing: 
    1935
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Albert Eskenazi
Year of birth:
1912
City of birth:
Istanbul
Country name at time of birth:
Ottoman Empire
Year of death:
2002
City of death:
Tel Aviv
Country of death:
Israel

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