This photograph was taken in
1940 during one of four evacuations ("sfollamenti") of the city of
Rijeka/Fiume that my mother experienced while working and living in that
city that made her return home to Istria to stay temporarily with her
girls, siblings and cousins in this photograph, are on their way to a dance at "Grmin's"
place in Cepich. Their
Istro-Romanian family nicknames are
shown in parentheses.
Pictured left to right:
(standing) - Maria "Mimi" Iurman/Giormani (lu Gaspe) - m. Vittorio Cirilli
(deceased c. 2003), moved to Trieste where she passed away Nov, 5, 2013; Pierina Iurman/Giormani (lu Zuretiza), m.
Alberto Cristofich (deceased) from Brdo, they were married in
Busalla, Italy, and lived in Trieste for a few years, then emigrated to
Brooklyn, NY, USA where she passed away in March, 2003; Amalia Carlovich (lu Bodulo), m. (unknown),
committed suicide; Pierina "Maria" Iurman/Giormani (lu Matela), m. Ivan Bacich
in Brooklyn, New York, and passed away in 2002. (Maria's family nickname is written on her tombstone instead
of her legal surname).
row - Maria Carlovich (lu Luchsce) m. Bercarich (further details are
unknown), my mom Giovanna
"Nina" Iurman/Giormani (lu Zuretiza) m. Enrico Ciceran (1907-1993)
in Rijeka/Fiume, moved to Isorelle-Savignone, Italy in 1947 and emigrated to
the USA in 1951, lived in Brooklyn until 1995, then moved to Manhattan, NY, with
her older daughter, Marisa),
she passed away at home April 15, 2013; Silva Carlovich (lu Lucsce) m. (further
details unknown), Ada Iurman/Giormani
(lu Zuretiza), mom's youngest sister, died in 1946 at age 20 of meningitis; and Maria
Micleus (lu Corsu), m. Stelio Bacchia, from Chersano/Krsan, uncle of Ivan
Kos (a well-traveled political psychologist from New York City). She passed away
in September 2009 in
California, USA where she lived out her last years near her daughter Marisa
and her grand-daughter. All the other girls in this photograph who emigrated
to the U.S.A. are buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY, along with
many other Istrians who settled in that borough of New York City after World
Wars I and II.