Toni Rosenberg with Iancu Cozin

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  • Year when photo was taken:
    1960
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania

This is my mother, Toni Rosenberg (nee Seidenberg), together with her second husband, at a wedding party in 1960. I don’t remember where exactly this was.

After my father died, in 1952, my mother remarried, in 1956. Her second husband's name was Iancu Cozin. He was also a Jew. He was born in Moinesti, and then moved to Bacau. He was much older than my mother and he was a widower, just like her. He had his own family - two married daughters. One of them was named Toni, the other - I forgot. They weren't quite my mother's age, but just a mere 10-15 years younger. They're dead now.

My mother's second husband loved me - he called me 'my daughter'! When I would visit them, in Moinesti, he would go 'Come on, let me walk you around the town a little!' He would take me see everybody: 'I have visitors, my daughter's here, my daughter's here!' He would tell everybody I was his daughter. I don't know anything about his education. He had owned oil fields, but the Communists had nationalized them. So he had opened a shoe store or something like that. He and my mother lived together for 7 years, before his death in 1963.

Then my mother left for Israel with my brother. They were the last in my family who left, in 1978. My mother died in 1986 in Israel, in Ashdod, at the age of  91. I didn't attend the funeral because I couldn't. It was during the regime of Ceausescu and people were forbidden to go, weren't they?

Interview details

Interviewee: Estera Sava
Interviewer:
Adriana Gheorghe
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2004
Bucharest, Romania

KEY PERSON

Toni Rosenberg
Year of birth:
1895
City of birth:
Helegiu
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1986
City of death:
Ashdod
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Seidenberg
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1910s

Other Person

Iancu Cozin
City of birth:
Moinesti
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1963
City of death:
Bacau
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Landowner
after WW II:
Skilled self-employed

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