Yasef Romano and fiancee

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  • Photo taken in:
    Istanbul
    Year when photo was taken:
    1960
    Country name at time of photo:
    Turkey
    Country name today:
    Turkey
I was still in the military. We were engaged then, it was when I was on leave. I constantly came on leave from Denizli. I would hop on a plane every weekend, I would travel from Denizli to Izmir, about 1,5-2 hours’ distance, the merchants of Denizli would get my airplane ticket from there anyways. Another one would buy it every week. I would come to Istanbul by plane every weekend. Luna would stay with her older sister. I was in Istanbul every week. I did my national service in Denizli during 1959-60. While I was in the military, I got engaged on May 27th, 1960. I returned to Edirne in 1962. Before I left for the military, I was working in my father's business. I got married and started working. I took over the business which was the sale of auto tires in 1962 completely. I still do this work. We also had a franchise for Mobil. Later my father retired. My wife's brother Mehahem Razon was my classmate. We grew up together, with her older brother. We were children from the same neighborhood, our houses were very close. The spark happened from there. My wife Luna Romano was born in Edirne on August 25th, 1944. She studied in Shehit Asim school. She went to junior high and highschool in Edirne. They went out with the same group of friends for years. They would get together at homes on weekends, hold parties. My wife's family are people who are loved and respected in Edirne. Today we still continue our friendship with some of her friends in Istanbul. Our wedding was a little sad. My wife's father had passed away before the wedding. We were in mourning because of that. In our family, mothers and fathers are above everything. We were raised in formality, but attachment was more prevalent in my wife's family. In a family where everyone is so close, our wedding took place in an atmosphere of melancholy due to the absence of the father. Normally one would organize an evening for a wedding. We could not have the wedding even though we were wealthy. We were going to have fun but there would be sorrow in us. We married on September 9th, 1962 in Edirne Synagogue, we went to Istanbul by train that night, we stayed at the Hilton hotel. My older daughter Ines was born in 1964, and in 1973, my younger daughter Sima.

Interview details

Interviewee: Yasef Romano
Interviewer:
Alberto Modiano
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2005
Istanbul, Turkey

KEY PERSON

Yasef Romano
Year of birth:
1938
City of birth:
Edirne
Country name at time of birth:
Turkey
Occupation
before WW II:
School Administrator
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper

Other Person

Luna Romano
Year of birth:
1944
City of birth:
Edirne
Country name at time of birth:
Turkey
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
  • Previous family name: 
    Razon
    Year of changing: 
    1962
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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