Berta Pando with her two grandchildren, Mois and Alberta Benaroy

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I with my two grandchildren, Mois and Alberta, in 1992 in my sister’s flat in Yambol. On the back of the photo there is no inscription, only a stamp of Fujicolor. At that time their parents were in Israel. At first the boy was in Israel with his mother and father but he couldn’t get used to the country, he couldn’t fit in. He is hugging me in the photo and his joy is visible. In 1991 my daughter Stela, her husband, his brother and his sister-in-law left for Israel to make an aliyah. They took my grandson – Moischo [diminutive from Mois] - along. At that time he was six. Our granddaughter, who was two years old, stayed with us. We moved to Yambol to look after her and started living with my sister. My grandson, Moischo, couldn’t get used to Israel. He had to start school but couldn’t learn the language for two or three months so they got him on the plane and returned him here. He started school here in Yambol. My daughter and son-in-law spent 11 months in Israel but nostalgia returned them to Bulgaria – they even had to pay a refund of 10, 000 dollars. The money they had earned was used to pay the loans back. Now they live in Yambol. My first grandson Mois was born in 1984. Now he is a student in Plovdiv and lives with us. Their daughter Alberta – Betti – was born in 1989. She is a student and lives in Yambol.

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Interviewee: Berta Pando
Svetlana Avdala
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria


Berta Pando
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Worker at "Peter Chengelov" Shoes
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Mois Benaroy
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