Djavidan Hanum

NOBLEMAN, PAINTER, PIANIST (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)
BORN 15 Jun 1877, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - DIED 5 Aug 1968, Graz: Wittekweg 7
REAL NAME Török von Szendrö, Marianne-May, Gräfin
GRAVE LOCATION Graz, Steiermark: St. Leonhard-Friedhof (124-010-025)

May Török was born into a noble Hungarian family in the USA. Her parents travelled in Europe and when she didn't accompany them she lived at Schloss Waasen near Graz. She was educated well.

When she was 23 years old she met Abbas Hilmi, prince of Egypt, in Paris. Her brother knew him from the military academy and she fell in love with him. After she converted to Islam they married and she took the name Djavidan Hanum.

She divorced her husband in 1913 but she remained a devoted moslim. At the same time she questioned the bad treatment of women in her book "Harem" (1930) and at other occasions. She lived with the singer and actor Simon Kulatschkoff, started a beauty salon in Vienna and took piano lessons with Eugen d'Albert. After the Second World War she lived with Simon in Graz where she became a succesful painter.

Sources
Text - Djavidan Hanum
• Gross, Eugen, Friedhofführer der Pfarre Graz-St. Leonhard, Wirtschaftsrat der röm.-kath. Pfarre Graz-St. Leonhard, Graz, 2004

Images

The grave of Djavidan Hanum at the St. Leonhard-Friedhof, Graz.
Picture by Androom (11 Sep 2004)

 


Dohm, Will

Published: 21 May 2016
Last update: 21 May 2016