Estera Wechsler

Estera Wechsler
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  • Photo taken in:
    Ploiesti
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania
The photo was taken in Ploiesti, in the 1910s. This is my mother, Ester Letzler, with my marternal grandmother, Eva Letzler. The photo was taken with the occasion of Ester Letzler engagement. I hardly met my grandmother [my grandfather's first wife]. She was slim. She was a very nice woman who had received a moral upbringing; she was very quiet too. She was a housewife who had been raised in the strictest spirit of the Judaic religion. She got ill and she died approximately at the end of the 1920's. My maternal grandparents had four children. The youngest died because he was sick. I can only remember the names of those who lived. They were: Simon Letzler, the older son, Pene Letzler, the younger boy and Estera Letzler, my mother. Estera Wechsler [nee Letzler], my mother, was born in 1888, in Ploiesti. She attended a boarding school and spoke German and French. She would have liked to go to the Arts Academy [in Bucharest], and her teachers had encouraged her about going to college. My grandparents had had a religious, bigot upbringing. Religious Jews believe that girls should get married at an early age, and, if possible, to a rabbi - which is considered to be all that a young girl could wish for. This was my mother's fate. My parents met through a matchmaker. It was probably someone from Ploiesti who saw that my grandfather had a daughter who had reached the proper age for marriage and who thought about finding her the best match. She agreed to this match with my father knowing that they both thought they would make a happy married couple. And so they did.

Interview details

Interviewee: Aristide Streja
Interviewer:
Anca Ciuciu
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2004
Bucharest, Romania

KEY PERSON

Estera Wechsler
Year of birth:
1888
City of birth:
Ploiesti
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1982
City of death:
Bucharest
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Letzler
    Year of changing: 
    1912
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Eva Letzler
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1920
City of death:
Ploiesti
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife

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