Torel, Rafael
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Rafael Fresco Torel was born in Istanbul in 1915. His father died when he was five years old, and the family lost all their property and belongings during the great fire of Dağhamam (1921), which destroyed the quarter they lived in. Rafael attended the Alliance Israélite Universelle school at Dağhamam and then the B’nai B’rith High School.

At the age of ten, Torel began working during summer vacations to supplement the family’s income. After holding various temporary jobs, he was hired as a clerk in the packaging department of the Gişlaved Gummi rubber plant owned by Isaac Kohen. Years lat…

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Naim Güleryüz, “Torel, Rafael”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 23 July 2017
First published online: 2010



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