Eshua Almaleh in front of the death bed of Georgi Dimitrov

Eshua Almaleh in front of the death bed of Georgi Dimitrov
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  • Photo taken in:
    Sofia
    Year when photo was taken:
    1949
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria 1944-1989
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria

This is in front of the death bed of Georgi Dimitrov (the communist prime minister of Bulgaria) I am the first on the right, the man on the left is Haim Oliver - writer and journalist.

After the 9th September victory the communists started following closely the Soviet and pro-Stalinist policy. After 9th September 1944 the attitude towards Jews was wonderful. Unlike my father I joined the left wing of the social democratic party, which united with the communists. I became a member of the Communist Party.
While I was still studying at the university in 1945, I started working as a journalist for the 'Sotsialisticheska Mladej' ['Socialist Youth'] newspaper, then for the 'Narod' 'Nation'] newspaper, published by the social democratic party and when it stopped appearing in 1947, I started working for the newly founded 'Narodna Mladej' ['National Youth']. I headed the Interior Affairs department and the Sports department there and worked there until 1958.

After 9th September 1944 youth brigades were organized aimed at building new roads, dams, railway lines, plants, etc. In the summer of 1948 I was involved by the Central Committee of the Komsomol [youth branch of the Communist Party], as I spoke French, as a translator of the young French people who came to Bulgaria in order to join the youth brigades as volunteers. I went about through various construction sites with them. When we were at the construction site of the 'Koprinka' dam in the central part of Bulgaria, Georgi Dimitrov came on a visit. I was introduced to him then, and later also met him as a young journalist. When he died, he was lying in state, and I and the others in the picture were chosen by the heads of Komsomol as young journalists, members of the Komsomol to be at a post in front of his death bed. Different people of various age and profession took turns there.

Interview details

Interviewee: Eshua Almalech
Interviewer:
Zelma Almalech
Month of interview:
August
Year of interview:
2002
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Eshua Almalech
Year of birth:
1924
City of birth:
Stara Zagora
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
before WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
after WW II:
Journalist/editor

Other Person

Haim Oliver
Decade of birth:
1920
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1986
City of death:
Sofia
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Factory owner
after WW II:
Writer

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Shoah
Date of interview:
1998

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