Toni Smilovici

Toni Smilovici
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  • Photo taken in:
    Iasi
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Foto Lux
This is my mother's sister Toni Smilovici. The photo was taken in 1925 or 1926, probably on a very special occasion. They loved to have their picture taken, unlike me, who hates it. My maternal grandmother, Sifra Shaim, was a housewife. In those days, it was unusual for women to have jobs. They lived in Iasi on Aron Voda Street, in a large house with an entrance lobby, bedroom, elegant dining room, bathroom, another room, kitchen, large basement filled with goodies, and a summer kitchen. They later bought a gas stove. I never saw a gas stove in my parents' home, but the old folks bought themselves one right after 1944: my grandfather just brought it home one day. The house had a nice courtyard with a lot of ivy on the side; it was paved, and had a table with two benches on one side and also on the opposite. I remember that my grandfather's second wife, Clara, who was, in fact, our grandmother too, used to go to the synagogue on Sabbath and holidays, observed the kashrut, kept separate dishes for milk and meat products, and sometimes went with her daughters to the mikveh. My mother, Clara Herscu, had three younger sisters. The first one who was born after her was Toni Smilovici, of course, the last name is her husband's; she was born in 1904, was a housewife and died in 1974 in Iasi. Her husband's name was Leon; he was born in 1901 in Iasi, and was a tailor. They had a son, Nelu, who was born in 1929 and died in 1994. Nelu was an economist.

Interview details

Interviewee: Tili Solomon
Interviewer:
Solomon Francisca
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2005
Iasi, Romania

KEY PERSON

Toni Smilovici
Year of birth:
1904
City of birth:
Iasi
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1974
City of death:
Iasi
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Shaim
    Year of changing: 
    1928
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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