Ella Abrahmova and Jakub Abraham

Ella Abrahmova and Jakub Abraham
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  • Photo taken in:
    Banovce nad Bebravou
    Year when photo was taken:
    1929
    Country name at time of photo:
    Czechoslovakia, 1918-1938
    Country name today:
    Slovakia
This is a picture of my maternal grandparents, Ella Abrahamova, nee Aguilar and Jakub Abraham. The photo was taken in Banovce nad Bebravou 1929, before I was born. My grandfather Jakub was a watchmaker. He was born in Tarnov, then Austria-Hungary, in 1876, came to Slovakia as a businessman and settled in Zabokreky nad Nitrou. He fell in love with my grandmother Ella, they got married and lived in Banovce nad Bebravou on the village's beautiful square. He and my grandmother were both very good-looking people. He was a Nordic type, blonde with blue eyes. My grandmother was of Spanish origin. Her family left Spain when the inquisition expelled the Jews; their Spanish name was Aguilar. She had a typical Spanish appearance, black hair, big dark eyes and pale skin. In a picture of her, taken when she was fifty, she looked like Jose Careras. I think they must have had the same ancestors; in the family there were many singers, even opera singers. Many intellectuals, university professors, in Vienna and other places, were from that family. When my grandmother got married they lived in Banovce. From Banovce they moved to Kezmarok in 1942 to live near their daughter Irenka. They learned that their son was again wanted by the police and the police wanted to arrest them as hostages. So they left for Kezmarok to avoid this. Later my grandmother went to Budapest with Irenka. My grandfather Jakub died during an operation in 1948; the doctors didn't know that he had high blood pressure. He is buried in the Orthodox cemetery in Kosice.

Interview details

Interviewee: Lydia Piovarcsyova
Bratislava, Slovakia

KEY PERSON

Ella Abrahamova
Year of birth:
1885
City of birth:
Nyitrazsambokret
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1995
City of death:
Budapest
Country of death:
Hungary
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Aguilar
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Jakub Abraham
Year of birth:
1876
City of birth:
Tapolytarno
Country name at time of birth:
Austria
Year of death:
1948
City of death:
Kosice
Country of death:
Slovakia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
after WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

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