Mimi-Matilda Petkova and her husband Tsvetan Petkov

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This photo was taken in Sofia on 19th November 1950. These are my husband Tsvetan Petkov and I. The photo was taken after our wedding. I met my husband in Byala Slatina. We were in the same youth UYW leadership. Then we both were members of a brigade in Pernik. Later he went to a school for officers in reserve in Sofia and I went to work in the Agriculture Ministry in Sofia where we married. My husband was born on 3rd March 1927 in the village of Dobrolevo, Vratsa region. My mother-in-law was a priest's daughter. Imagine a village in which one mother-in-law has four daughters and only one son, and the daughter-in-law - a Jew. In 1950 that was quite something. 'She is Uvreika, uvreika?' ['Jewish woman' in the local dialect; in proper Bulgarian it is 'evreika'] said the villagers. Only when my son was born and I named him Georgi after my father-in-law, he crushed some grape, treated the people on the street and said, 'She might be a Jew, but she gave my name to her son?'

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Mimi-Matilda Petkova

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