Paternal Grandparents

Almost nothing is known about Mamo Abraham's family.

According to Sarah Cohen Eldar, the paternal grandparents of Moritz, Haim, Mony and Isak Abraham died in Sofia, Bulgaria's capital.

This is the only information available regarding the paternal grandparents of the Abraham brothers.

Maternal Grandparents

A little bit more is known about the Abraham brothers's maternal grandparents.

Isaac Salomon Yaakov (Jacob) (or Moni (Salomon Moshe) Yaakov) and Rebecca (née Kovo) Yaakov had five daughters: Mazal, Leah, Rachel, Streah and Horsi, and two sons: Morenu and Yitzhak.

Abraham brothers' grandfather?

Isaac Salomon Jakob

Salomon (Moni) Yaakov

April 15 1901

Rebecca (Kovo) Yaakov

Rebecca (Kovo) Yaakov

April 15 1901

Their second daughter, Leah Yaakov married Mamo Abraham (Avrahamov).

The January 20, 1911 issue of Die Welt, the official organ of the Zionist movement, includes a breakdown of the donations received in Bulgaria, revealing a gift for four olive trees by "Isak Salomon Jakob from Ruschuk". The Bulgarian branch of the Zionist organization was then led by Isak Avramoff (Isac Abraham), grandson of Isak Salomon Jakob.

Die Welt, 1911-01-20

Die Welt, 1911, issue 3 (January 20, 1911)

This indicates that Isak Salomon Jakob was still alive in 1911 and resided in Ruschuk.

The only other information about Isak and Rebecca Yaakov comes from this Power of Attorney dating from the 1920's. Written in Bulgarian, this was probably drafted by a Notary in Ruschuk to allow an unnamed party - assumed to be Moritz Abraham - to sign a mortgage agreement between Rebecca and her grandson, Isak Abramov, for one half of a house in Ruschuk.

Power of Attorney for mortgage

Power of Attorney for mortgage, 1920's

Although just a short, terse, legal document, this does provide some precious information about Rebecca and the family. First, it indicates that she was born in Ruschuk. Her name is given as "Rebecca Isaac Salomon Jakob", providing a more complete name for her husband - previously only known as "Salomon (Moni) Jakob".

At the time this document was drafted, Rebecca lived in Vienna, 11 PraterStrasse, an apartment building complex located on a thoroughfare leading to the Prater.

Although the draft is not dated, the 1920s placeholder at the bottom helps place her leaving Bulgaria some time in the 1920's or earlier.

Her signing a mortgage for a house in Ruschuk may indicate that by then her husband had died; it is not clear however why the mortgage was for one half of a house, and one can only assume that this was the family home, although this is not specified.

Her presence in Vienna also raises a question of why she would have left Roustchuk. Did she leave after her husband died, and relocate to Vienna to be closer to her family - maybe a child of hers may have been living there already? Indeed, according to Iris Nir, "part of the family used to live in Vienna". This might also help explain why her grandson Moritz seems to have considered acquiring the Austrian nationality around that time, although he eventually opted for a Spanish one.

"I, Rebecca Isaac Salomon Jakob, from the city of Ruschuk, now living in Vienna, 11 Prater Straße # 34, floor IV, auhtorize ( no name ) from ( no city name )

- to conclude a mortgage agreement and to mortgage to Isaac I. Avramov from the city of Ruschuk, now living in the city of Berlin, 1 Tatseninu (?) Street, my half of the house in the city of Ruschuk, which I have 27 Evreiska Street, and now David Street, plot 69 with neighbors: Merdohai Nesimov, heir to Jewish Street (?) and now David Street.

- to appear before all persons, authorities and institutions and the Notary in the Kingdom of Bulgaria to take out the mortgage and sign all the papers on the case, and this mortgage made for 140,000 BGN equal to 5200 Swiss Francs with 10% annual interest for 3 years from interest will be paid every six months."

(Note that the wording and the exact addresses are not completely clear (Google translate).

References:
Sarah Cohen Eldar

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