Roza and Leon Anzhel

Roza and Leon Anzhel
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  • Fénykép készítésének helye:
    Vratsa
    Fénykép készítésének éve:
    1944
    Ország neve a fénykép készültekor:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1944
    Ország neve ma::
    Bulgaria

My husband Leon (Larry) Anzhel and I - a photo from our wedding taken in a photo studio. On the back of the photo there is an inscription in pen (the inscription probably dates back to later years): 'Vratsa, 16th March 1944 - Thursday. Our wedding - Roza and Leon Anzhel.' The back of the photo looks like a postcard.

While we were in Vratsa, Larry was working in the labor camps. They demobilized them from time to time, to spend the winter at home, and then mobilized them again. In the winter of 1943 he had come back to Vratsa. He came back and started living opposite us. We had decided to get married. We had made an arrangement with the rabbi in Vratsa, decided on the day. The wedding was between 8 and 10 o'clock because we could move about freely in this period. A lot of young people came. 'Granny' Olga had prepared cookies with jam and had cooked some modest dishes, she had done all she could do and the wedding was fine. They had freed ?Grandpa? Bitush from the camp. He had returned. Otherwise what wedding would it have been? The date was 16th March 1944.

Before our wedding, there had been a big air-raid over Vratsa, a very big air-raid. The central part of the town was completely destroyed and burned to the ground by the Englishmen. Larry was mobilized in Vratsa to clear off the debris; they even made the women clear off, particularly those of us who were living in the center. The men were also digging the graves because there were a lot of victims from the raids. After we got married the air-raids continued. The raid alarm sounded twice that night, during our nuptial night. The first time we ran away because there were raids after all but we stayed after the second one - three of us in the bed as my mother-in-law remained on one side of the bed. The woman was very scared. We all survived after 9th September.

Interjú adatok

Interjúalany: Roza Anzhel
Interjúkészítő neve:
Svetlana Avdala
Interjú készítésének hónapja:
January
Interjú készítésének éve:
2006
Sofia, Bulgaria

Kulcsfigura

Roza Anzhel
Születési év:
1924
Születési hely:
Sofia
Ország neve a fénykép készültekor::
Bulgaria
Foglalkozása
II. világháború előtt:
Seamstress
II.világháború után:
Telephone operator, chief controller at 'Voroshilov' Works
Névváltozás
  • Születési név: 
    Varsano
    Névváltoztatás éve: 
    1944
    Névváltoztatás oka: 
    Marriage

Másik személy

Leon Anzhel
Születési év:
1921
Születési hely:
Yambol
Ország neve a fénykép készültekor::
Bulgaria
Foglalkozása
II. világháború előtt:
Worker
II.világháború után:
Organizer at the trade unions, radio-technician

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education (University of Southern California)
Date of interview:
1998

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