Bella and her daughter Marie-Therese in Paris


My older sister Bella and her daughter Marie Therese in their home in Paris.

My older sister Bella was born in 1912 in Istanbul Haydarpasha. In 1930 she graduated from The Jewish Highschool and after studying for one year in the Istanbul Medical School, was enrolled in the Lausanne Medical School. She obtained the specialty of cardiology from the Paris Medical school after graduation. She became an academic in the famous Cardiac specialty hospital, Hopital Brousset, was honored with the distinction of Legion d'Honneur. Bella who spoke French, English and Spanish as well as Turkish and who was a university professor, married Paul Latscha and had three daughters, Marie-Therese, Beatrice and Muriel. She died in 1980 after a sudden cardiac infarction.

Marie-Therese, who can be seen in the photograph, became a cardiac specialist like her mom. She is married to Bernard Guillaneuf and lives in Paris.

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Aron Anjel
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