Isak Varsano

Isak Varsano
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    Bulgaria, 1944-1989
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This is my brother Isak. The photo was taken in 1976-1977. There is no inscription on the back or any stamp of a photo shop. Here he is already the director of 'Tsvyatko Radoynov' Vocational Secondary School.

My brother Isak was born in 1921 in Sofia. Not only was he the oldest of all the children but he was also the only man. He was the one in charge, the ringleader, so to say. All of us more or less conformed with him. He helped my father to make our living by working after school and during the holidays as an apprentice at a barber's. He used to help with the tinsmith work, too, and after finishing the third grade at the Jewish school, he became a salesman.

In addition, Isak was very ambitious. After 9th September he attended evening-classes and afterwards graduated from the Institute of Economics and became the director of 'Stalin' Vocational School. During our difficult childhood years he was not only responsible for us, but he also made sure we were in a good mood and thought of different games. While with people he would always attract and be in the center of attention, no matter whether he was with men or with women. He was a handsome, charming man. He got married at an early age, in 1942 or 1943, to Tsivi Nusan, who had actually come to our house to live with him a year before their marriage. She was so much in love. While he was a student my brother used to sing in the Synagogue choir. He was religious. My parents had arranged his bar mitzvah. He had two children with Tsivi, Subby and Rout. Isak died in Sofia in 1981.

Interview details

Interviewee: Roza Anzhel
Svetlana Avdala
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Sofia, Bulgaria


Isak Varsano
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after WW II
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Director of Secondary Vocational School

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Also interviewed by:
Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education (University of Southern California)
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