Sami and Eleonora Fiul

Sami and Eleonora Fiul
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  • Photo taken in:
    Bacau
    Year when photo was taken:
    1932
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania
In this photo you can see me and my sister, Lola as we used to call her (her full name is Eleonora), in 1932 in Bacau. We took this photo to send it to one of my mother?s, Dorina Fiul, sisters, Sofia Dicman, and her husband, Iosef Dicman. They had no children of their own, but they were very close to our family. I remember my sister was very scared when we took this photo, the photographer took this photo a second before she jumped in my arms! My parents had a son, a boy who died at birth in 1925, and then me, on June 25th 1926. My sister, Eleonora, was born in 1930. My parents were busy with their work, they were both taking care of the inn my mother inherited from her adoptive parents, and didn't have much time for education, but I think they had some pedagogical insight: my father never spoiled us when we were small, he was severe, stern, and unflinching when it came to working in the garden or the stables. Only later, when I grew up, he told me that he used to watch us sleep, and pet my hair and caress me. He did beat me, usually for pranks, not something worse than that, I was always taking uncle Bern on, because he was the funniest character in the family, and when mother found out, she always called for father to punish me: father had huge hands, the size of shovels, he would just spank me, then dust his hands and go back to work, without a word to me. Although mother was fair, and she always called for father to punish me when I did something wrong, she was the one to take care that he wouldn't hit my head or hit me too hard. Father taught us the value of hard work; when my sister and I were 11, or 12, my father told us: 'Don't expect me to support you like you were a pair of blind horses, you have to learn hard work and make a living!' Even our life at home was closely related to horses. My parents never had a holiday or a day off, for as long as they lived, and I regret it deeply; all they knew was work and more work.

Interview details

Interviewee: Sami Fiul
Interviewer:
Paul Tinichigiu
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2004
Brasov, Romania

KEY PERSON

Sami Fiul
Year of birth:
1926
City of birth:
Bacau
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Occupation
before WW II:
Manual laborer
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

Other Person

Eleonora Horovitz
Year of birth:
1930
City of birth:
Bacau
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Occupation
before WW II:
Employed by craftsman
after WW II:
Doctor
  • Previous family name: 
    Fiul
    Year of changing: 
    1959
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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