REMINISCENCE
ITSHAK ASSIA'S FAMILY

THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN IN THE YEAR 1934, THE FAMILY  OF ITSHAK ASSIA.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT BACK ROW :-
NADJI, ROUBEN MANI, YEHUDA, EZRA..
FRONT ROW :-
MEIR, ITSHAK, HELWA, MARCELLE MANI (NEE ASSIA), NOURI, MAURICE.

(HELWA ASSIA IS THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF ELIAHU ROUBEN)
YEHUDA ASSIA.
BORN IN BAGHDAD IN 1917.
HIS GRANDFATHER EZRA GOT THE
NICKNAME " ASSI" BECAUSE HE
REFUSED TO PAY A FIXED SUM  IN
ORDER TO BE EXEMPTED FROM THE
OTTOMAN'S MILITARY SERVICE. THUS
THE NICKNAME BECAME THE FAMILY
NAME "ASSIA" (Rebel in arabic) .
AT A YOUNG AGE YEHUDA LEFT
BAGHDAD TO JAPAN AND ENGAGED IN
EXPORTING TEXTILES TO BAGHDAD.
FROM THEN ON  HIS BUSINESS
FLOURISHED AND HE BECAME A
WEALTHY PERSON.
NOW HE IS AMONG THE GREAT
PHILANTHROPISTS OF THE IRAQI JEWS,
DONATED MONEY TO MUSEUMS,
RESEARCH, UNIVERSITIES, EDUCATION,
SYNAGOGUES AND GOOD DEEDS.
CURRENTLY HE IS LIVING IN ISRAEL
TOGETHER WITH HIS CHILDREN AND
GRANDCHILDREN.
MAY GOD BLESS THEM ALL.
4th. GENERATION .
CLICK TO  ENLARGE
ON THE RIGHT SIDE IS THE BOOK
COVER OF YEHUDA ASSIA'S MEMOIR :
" BRIDGES OF MY LIFE : BAGHDAD,
KOBE, JAPAN, BANGKOK, GENEVE,
ISRAEL."
THE BOOK WAS PUBLISHED IN
MARCH 2005.
TO READ A PARAGRAPH
FROM ASSIA'S
BOOK "BRIDGES OF MY
LIFE " IN HEBREW
JUST CLICK HERE.