Leia Rotaru and Ruhla Roizen

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  • Photo taken in:
    Hanesti
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania (1920-1945)
    Country name today:
    Romania

My mother, Leia Rotaru, learned tailoring, and this is the workshop where she learned the trade. My mother is second from the left, her sister, Ruhla Roizen, is second from the right; of the two persons standing, the one on the right is probably the master they were apprenticed to and the others are fellow workers. The photo was taken in Hanesti in the 1920s.

My mother, Leia was apprenticed to a dressmaker, she learned tailoring and it became her trade.

My parents met as was the custom in those days - through matchmaking. The parents of a boy would start looking for a young woman for their son, while the parents of a girl would start looking for a young man for their daughter. 'Look, there is this young girl in Hanesti, she is hardworking, a dressmaker by trade, she has a steady job.' The young man's parents: 'He has a job, too; he learned the trade of a shop assistant.' And one thing led to another… Well, that's how they met.

This village - Hanesti - is located 10 km from Saveni and back then, if you wanted to go to the city, let us say, you hired a cart, or two, or three, and the young girls and men in Hanesti would all go to Saveni - here they met young girls and men from Saveni. They met at a certain place for tea and, by starting relationships of this kind, willingly or unwillingly, they would get to know each other. So my parents met, they were probably pleased with each other - for they must have been, since they gave birth to us - and they got married. They married in 1937, my father was 27 and my mother was 29.

Ruhla Roizen, one of my mother's younger sisters, lived in Saveni with her husband, Sloim Roizen, and they left for Israel from there. They had no children and are no longer alive today.

Interview details

Interviewee: Saul Rotariu
Interviewer:
Emoke Major
Month of interview:
August
Year of interview:
2006
Botosani, Romania

KEY PERSON

Leia Rotaru
Year of birth:
1908
City of birth:
Sarbi
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1999
City of death:
Botosani
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Dressmaker
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Lupascu
    Year of changing: 
    1937
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Ruhla Roizen
Decade of birth:
1910
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Dressmaker
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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