Country name at time of photo:RomaniaCountry name today:Romania
This is my mother, Haia Sulimzohn, as a young woman - I don't know what year it was.
My mother, Haia Sulimzohn, was born in Bucecea. She was 6-7 years younger than my father, David Sulimzohn. She didn't attend secondary school either, she stopped going to school after graduating primary school. But she had a private tutor - employed by my grandfather -, and she took French and German lessons. She was a beautiful woman. She was more severe than my father, he was gentler than her.
My parents' marriage was an arranged marriage, as was the custom in those days. They didn't talk about their marriage, but they had both a civil and a religious ceremony. We lived in Dorohoi. My mother was a housewife, and my father was a trader. We had a hosier's shop in Dorohoi that my father inherited from his father. The store was located in the house where we lived, in the old downtown area of Dorohoi. The street was called Grigore Ghica, opposite our house there was a cinema which no longer exists. The house was as old houses are, the rooms were placed like in a train carriage, without separate entrances, and it was very dark inside - we had the lamps burning during the day as well. We had two rooms and there was a small kitchen in the courtyard with a tiny adjoining room that we built. The store was in a larger room in front of the house - it was the only room that was spacious and well lit.