Almost nothing is known about Mamo Abraham's family.
This pretty much constitutes the only information I have regarding the paternal grandparents of the Abraham brothers.
Moni (Solomon Moshe) Yaakov and Rebecca (née Kovo) Yaakov had five daughters: Mazal, Leah, Rachel, Streah and Horsi, and two sons: Morenu and Yitzhak.
Salomon (Moni) Yaakov
April 15 1901
Rebecca (Kovo) Yaakov
April 15 1901
The only additional information about them comes from this Power of Attorney drafted in the 1920's. Written in Bulgarian, this was probably drafted by a Notary in Ruse to allow an unnamed party to sign a mortgage agreement between Rebecca and her grandson Isak Abramov for one half of a house in Ruse.
Power of Attorney for mortgage, 1920's
Although just a short, terse, legal document, it does provide some precious information on Rebecca and the family. First, it indicates that she was born in Ruse. Her name is given as "Rebecca Isaac Solomon Jakob", providing a more complete name for her husband - until now only known as "Solomon Jakob".
At the time this document was drafted, Rebecca lived in Vienna, 11 PraterStrasse, an apartment building complex with a monumental facade in the style of the Viennese neo-renaissance, located on a famous thoroughfare leading to the Prater.
Although the draft is not dated, the 1920s placeholder at the bottom of the document helps place her leaving Bulgaria to sometime in the 1920's or earlier.
Her signing a mortgage for a house in Ruse 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 close 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 may 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 Solomon Jakob, from the city of Ruse, 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 Ruse, now living in the city of Berlin, 1 Tatseninu (?) Street, my half of the house in the city of Ruse, 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).
- Sarah Cohen Eldar