Mira Cotin with Henriette Mizrahy

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  • Photo taken in:
    Bucharest
    Year when photo was taken:
    1940
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania

This is a photograph of my sister, Mira Cotin [nee Mizrahy], taken when she was 16, together with my mother, Henriette Mizrahy [nee Schonfeld], at the engagement of a distant relative.

My sister was born in 1923 in Bucharest. She was a quiet child and a pupil loved and respected by her schoolmates. I did something blamable the day my sister celebrated her 17th birthday! I wasn't invited to the 'tea party' given that afternoon and the fact that I was only 14, while she had the 'nerve' of being 17 gave me such an 'inferiority complex'… So I prepared a vial of sulphydric acid whose formula I had just learnt in school with the excellent chemistry teacher Voitinovici, opened all the doors between the laundry room, where I had improvised my little laboratory, and the rest of the house, and went to the skating rink, as it was Saturday… In the evening, when I came back home, my sister was crying because I had ruined her 'tea party.' My parents shut down my laboratory, 'sealed off' my skates, but the smell still persisted in our house… Except for this bad 'prank,' I don't remember any other incident with my sister during our entire childhood. 

In college, my sister kept on being a good student and she became a respected physician. She was an obstetrician in the first 10-12 years, and then she changed her specialization after she left the country, becoming a good internist. 

Interview details

Interviewee: Dan Mizrahy
Interviewer:
Anca Ciuciu
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2005
Bucharest, Romania

KEY PERSON

Mira Cotin
Year of birth:
1923
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Occupation
before WW II:
Student
after WW II:
Physician
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Mizrahy
    Decade of changing: 
    1950s

Other Person

Henriette Mizrahy
Year of birth:
1898
City of birth:
Bucharest
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1976
City of death:
Ghivat
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Schonfeld
    Year of changing: 
    1920
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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