The family of Milka and Rofat Revah

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  • Photo taken in:
    Plovdiv
    Year when photo was taken:
    1940
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1944-1989
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria

This is the family of my sister Milka and her husband Rofat Revah. The photo was taken in 1940 in Plovdiv.

We were four children. I was born on 11th November 1924 in Samokov. My sister and my brothers are Milka Beniamin Revah, Sinto Beniamin Kohen and Miko Beniamin Kohen. We have always been best friends. The four of us were born in Samokov where we studied in the same school (there was no other high school). Our parents spoke in Ladino to each other. Of course, since we had to go to a Bulgarian school and when we were among Bulgarians, we spoke Bulgarian and learned Bulgarian very well. So, we spoke Ladino and Bulgarian equally well, though our Bulgarian vocabulary was richer. My parents did not know Ivrit, though they both were very religious, so in our home we observed kashrut on Pesach, fasted on [Yom] Kippur, celebrated erev Sabbath and all other high religious holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Chanukkah, Sukkot, Lag ba-Omer, Tu bi-Shevat, Simchat Torah.

Milka became a social worker in Israel (she had a university education in Bulgaria) and now she has two lovely sons there. All I know about her family is that Milka married before she left - to Rofat Revah in 1940, who was from Plovdiv and I lived with them in Samokov for a while. In 1947 I married Avram Melamed. We met through a group of Jewish friends from Plovdiv. I was in Plovdiv visiting my sister who had just married Rofat Revah. Friends of his decided that I and Avram Melamed were perfect for each other and made everything possible to convince us in that. This was my first meeting with Rofat Revakh, the husband of my sister Milka. They still live in Israel today and have a good family, children and grandchildren. My sister has two boys: Izak Rofat Revah [born in 1942] and Beniamin Rofat Revah [born in 1947]. Currently Izak lives in Canada. He works as an engineer there. To my great regret I don't know anything else about them.

Interview details

Interviewee: Lora Melamed
Interviewer:
Patricia Nikolova
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2004
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Rofat Revah
Decade of birth:
1910
City of birth:
Plovdiv
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
before WW II:
Manual laborer
after WW II:
Civil servant

Other Person

Milka Revah
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Samokov
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Civil Servant
  • Previous family name: 
    Kohen
    Year of changing: 
    1940
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Shoah
Date of interview:
1998

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