Faivel and Shoshana Fridman

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  • Photo taken in:
    Tel Aviv-Yaffo
    Year when photo was taken:
    1954
    Country name at time of photo:
    Israel
    Country name today:
    Israel

This is a wedding picture of Faivel and Shoshana Fridman in Israel.They emigrated in 1948. Before their emigration to Israel my brother and his girlfriend got married in Sofia also, but I don’t remember exactly when it happened. My younger brother Faivel was born in 1928. He is a constructor. Today they have a detached house in Tel Aviv. They are satisfied. And they are well-off. Shoshana has long years worked as a hostess in a Bulgarian old people's home in Rishon Lezion. Shraga and Shoshana have three children: Pnina, Hanita and David. Their children have also three children each.

I remember the following event. Once my yonger brother Faivel and I went to school (we attended one and the same school in Sofia). I was then in the forth grade while he was in the first. These days we were allotted snacks in the breaks at school and I still think it's a good thing to do in the school breaks. All right, but it was Yom Kippur then. Faivel went to take his snack and I shouted at him 'You mustn't. How can you eat on Kippur?' and I threw his breakfast away. Now I think what I did was very cruel to the small Faivel.

Our parents are Yosif and Blanche Fridman, they both moved to Israel and are no longer alive. They were relatively religious, which means that they observed the Jewish traditions, but not every single detail of them. My father was of Ashkenazi origin, that is a Russian Jew, and my mother Blanche Israel is of the Sephardic Jews in Bulgaria. After they left for Israel, they lived in the town of Yagur.

Our family was often forced to move from one place to another, because it was difficult for our father to find a permanent job. That is why my brothers and I were born in different places in Bulgaria. For example I was born in the village of Slatina, near Sofia (1925) but my elder brother Ruben (1923-1999) was born in Sofia and my younger brother Shraga was born in the village of Karamanovo, Svishtov region.

Interview details

Interviewee: Juliet Saltiel
Interviewer:
Patricia Nikolova
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2004
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Shoshana Fridman
Decade of birth:
1920
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
after WW II:
Civil Servant
Family names
  • Year of changing: 
    1954
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Faivel Fridman
Year of birth:
1928
City of birth:
Karamanovo Village
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
before WW II:
Manual laborer
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Shoah
Date of interview:
1998

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