Bina Dekalo and her mother Victoria Aroyo

Bina Dekalo and her mother Victoria Aroyo
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  • Photo taken in:
    Sofia
    Year when photo was taken:
    1939
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1945
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria
This is a photo of me and my mother Victoria Aroyo, nee Behmoaras. It was taken in 1939 in Sofia. It is also a passport photo. In that year the Salvador boat crashed near the shores of Turkey. My sister Carolina and her three children, who were on that boat, died. I remember that my mother and I had sold most of our belongings and had paid to be included in the passengers' list. However, I opposed our leaving and said to my mother that there was no way I would board that boat. My mother insisted very much, because she wanted to see her sons. At that time my brothers Lazar and Marco were in Palestine and founded kibbutzim. After the tragic crash of the boat people told me that I was a fortune-teller and that I had a premonition what would happen. At that time we had nowhere to sleep. We had sold everything and had only three siutcases with the most necessary things. We lived in a rented apartment on Sofroniy Vrachanski Street. So, we remained in Bulgaria. I started working in a sausage factory to earn our living.

Interview details

Interviewee: Bina Dekalo
Interviewer:
Dimitar Bozhilov
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2003
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Bina Dekalo
Year of birth:
1915
City of birth:
Yambol
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
before WW II:
Retail clerk
after WW II:
Office clerk
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Aroyo
    Year of changing: 
    1952
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Matilda Aroyo
Decade of birth:
1880
City of birth:
Adrianople
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Sofia
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife

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