May Zubeyde Djavidan Hanem

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Marianne May Török de Szendrö

Hungarian: Majuska
Also Known As: "Marionne-May"
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: August 05, 1968 (91)
Graz, Graz, Steiermark, Austria
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Biological daughter of Tivadar János Lambert Puskás de Ditró and Countess Sophie Vetter von der Lilie
Adopted daughter of Gr. József Kristóf Török de Szendrö
Ex-wife of Al-Amir Abbas Hilmi II, Khedive of Egypt (1892-1914)
Sister of Mária Margit Teodóra Török de Szendrő (Puskás); József Török de Szendrő (Puskás); Mária Theodora Zsuzsanna Puskás, ditrói; Theodora Puskás de Ditró; Josef Török de Szendrö and 1 other

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About May Zubeyde Djavidan Hanem

"Divorce. The mansion recently pronounced its dissolution in an eight-year divorce. Count Joseph Török initiated it under the title of" mutual unforgivable hatred ", his wife: Countess Sophie Vetter, with whom he married in Mürzthal on August 28, 1870., divorce, the Countess became Reformed last February. Otherwise, they were indeed divorced as early as 1873." (18.06.1881 Fővárosi Lapok) Since Count Joseph Török never entered the land of America, he is certainly not the father. Since Djavidan was never baptized, her name could not have been Countess May Török. The ruler and the people of Egypt were badly deceived by the man who introduced May in the court of Khedive. Please see the following page:

Count Joseph Török is really not the Djavidans father, but the inventor Tivadar Puskas de Ditro. Abbas teacher Max Hussarek, later his personal secretary, even later the Austrian prime minister, took the teenager girl to Egypt and lied to the Countess Török, because of her morganatic marriage. Everyone still knows this at the Theresianum in Vienna! Countess Török May does not exist in reality anyway. You can find information about this on the pages of the Manchaster Evening News, February 2, 1983, Bristol Mercury, February 4, 1893, Drogheda, November 2, 1893. When I sent the newspapers to Egyptian scientists, an academician was commissioned to investigate the consequences, the investigation is still ongoing.
The origin of Djavidan was also known in the Hungarian newspapers of the time. In the estate trial of Tivadar Puskas, the unbaptized minor girls were named. May's official name: Puskas Majuska. (Majuska = May). The parents have entered into an inheritance contract with a notary public, named Fülöp Weinmann, this notarial document in Budapest and the court judgments as data sources are free of charge and are available in the Budapest Archives. (hhtps://
On November 12, 1895, May Puskas requested an American passport, where all his details could be read, name, date of birth, place, mother's name, etc. This is available at According to the 1877 birth report in Philadelphia, his mother had only one little daughter born that day. (24th Ward, clinic address Arch street, 3303.)
Tivadar's younger brother was Albert. Albert's daughter - Djavidan's cousin - married Colonel Tibor Puskas, a military judge.

Daughter of Sofie Countess Vetter von der Lilie and daughter of Hungarian inventor Theodor Puskas. She spent most of her youth at Wassen Castle South of Graz, Austria. She met Abbas Bey, an Egyptian prince, who was was made ruler in Egypt. They met the second time in Paris in 1900, where they fell in love, and Abbas invited her to Egypt.


The visit developed into a long romance culminating into a secret marriage contracted in Alexandria's Montazah Palace, witnessed by two sheiks. The official marriage took place on 28 February 1910, with the Grand Mufti of Egypt officiating. May converted to Islam in the presence of the Grand Mufti. She was then called Princess Djavidan Hanem, wife of the Khedive of Egypt. Abbas was separated from his first spouse, Ekbal Hanem, a former slave in his mother's household.

Khedive Ismail Pasha was the last ruler of Egypt to have a harem, and upon his departure, the buyuk, ortangi and cucuk harems (first, middle and third consorts), as well as the aghas (eunuchs) became out of use, and the custom at the Egyptian court had become one consort, until now. The marriage was controversial.

The visit developed into a long romance culminating into a secret marriage contracted in Alexandria's Montazah Palace, witnessed by two sheikhs. May converted to Islam and was then called Princess Djavidan Hanem, wife of the Khedive of Egypt. They divorced in 1913.

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May Zubeyde Djavidan Hanem's Timeline

June 15, 1877
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
August 5, 1968
Age 91
Graz, Graz, Steiermark, Austria