Adela Hinkova

Adela Hinkova
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  • Photo taken in:
    Vidin
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1944
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria
This photo was taken when I was a high school student in the 1930s in Vidin. I went to junior high school close to Kaleto. I was happy that now we had a different teacher for every subject. One very nice teacher in mathematics said that I was very good at calculations. I remember her, Miss Vasileva. There were a lot of Wallachian students in the town. They wore bowler hats. They teased me a lot and called me Duda [short for Adela]. They would twist my arms and pull my hair. Once the Bulgarian teacher met me and I was crying because they had teased me. He asked me what my name was. I told him my name was Adela and he said that my name was very nice. He sent me to the teachers' room to take a sheet of paper and a pen. He wrote down on the paper that there was no Duda at the school, but Adela. Then they stopped calling me Duda and I passed the three junior high school grades as Adela. This man was an idol for me, he taught me Bulgarian, taught me to read, to write and to think. One third of the junior high school students were Jews. We were the best students in the school. I was a good student, studied a lot and was very good at mathematics. There was also a subject in religious studies at the school, but we, the Jews, were forbidden to take that class. In the winter when we had that subject, we had nowhere to go but out in the cold. We felt very offended and sad. In the summer we went into the yard, but there was nowhere for us to go in the winter. Wherever we went, they banished us. We were five or six students: three girls and two or three boys. I would sing all the time. I had a very strong voice. Every day my father gave me money for breakfast. Once I decided to learn to play the violin. I bought a violin and I saved the five levs he gave me daily to pay for my violin lessons. But at one point I had no money to pay my tuition fee. I was in the second grade in the high school. Then I sold my violin; I realized that I had no interest in music. I paid my tuition fee with the money.

Interview details

Interviewee: Adela Hinkova
Interviewer:
Dimitar Bozhilov
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2003
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Adela Hinkova
Year of birth:
1917
City of birth:
Vidin
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
before WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
after WW II:
Party official
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Ilel
    Year of changing: 
    1948
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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