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times, tempo doeloe, the Dutch Indies years of the Cassuto's 1915
a rare photograph, I don'know how it came in my possesion! It is a picture of the participants in the seventh Zionist congress in The Hague, 1907. Two of the participants met each other there - is my hypothesis - and married some years later, in 1912: Isaac Cassuto and Caroline Winkel. Search fot them - a difficult task - and if you can't find them, you can't miss them here
Pekalongan, 1915- 1917
Some 3 years
Ies worked as a lawyer in The Hague; perhaps because he was not too succesful,
(the first world war contributing to a situation not favorable for starting
entrepreneurs), perhaps because of the prospect, that in the colonies
Jewish origin played a minor role, Ies and Lien left for the main Dutch
colony of the East Indies, nowadays Indonesia.
1915, from the babybook: a crisis with baby Max Cassuto
the birth of Max Cassuto in 1915, Pekalongan, on the isle of Java, his
mother Lien Cassuto-Winkel kept a baby book; on page 2 - see above -
she describes the food crsis with the two month
old baby Max; he didn't accept the food from mother and the porridge
prescribed by the doctor and mother travels with the baby to the big
City Semarang to consult a specialist. She stayed with her sister Annie
who apparently too lived in Indonesia with het sister in law mrs. G.
Cohen in the town of Semarang.
This must have been the second house in Pekalongan or the one in Probollinggo
is Annie with her first husband Cohen and daughter Lydia, picture I
estimate to have been taken in 1916.
Ies, Lien and Max in Pekalongan
Ies with Max and Lien in the car, most probably their first one
1917 Ies was transferred to Probolinggo, in the east of Java. I suppose
he was already, as later he was, employed in education. Shortly after
moving to this new place Ernest was born.
Cassuto's with friends; I guess the about 5 year old boy is Max, flanked
by his parents. Possibly the toddler at the left is Ernest, on the lap
of his Indonesian nurse, called 'babu'. The role of these nurses in child
life at the time cannot be underestimated. The child spent more time with
his or her babu then with his or her mother.
"official" picture (above) of the family, about the same period
of the time Ies Cassuto was teacher and later director of schools for
the education of indonesian civil servants. This is a picture of the school
Isaak Cassuto and Carolien Winkel, my grandparents, and their sons Ernest (on mothers lap, "Erry")
and Max, anno 1922; photo taken in Serang, in the west of the isle of Java, where Isaac was stationed for a short while, a suppose one or two years.
to the years 1925-1934