Izidor Baruh, Ruben and Faivel Fridman together with their wives and children

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  • Year when photo was taken:
    1975
    Country name at time of photo:
    Israel
    Country name today:
    Israel

This is a family gathering at the house of uncle Baruh's elder son (Samuel Baruh, my mother's elder brother who died in Israel in the 1950s, but I have no further information about him). He is the first sitting from the right, he is wearing glasses. Faivel [Shraga was his nick-name, used by his friends. His official name was Faivel.] is the man sitting behind him and is also wearing glasses. Ruben is sitting in front of the flowers, smiling, in white shirt. His wife is sitting next to Ruben, wearing glasses and colorful dress. Around her are standing, most probably, Faivel's children. The picture was taken in 1975 in Israel.

All I know about my mother's relatives is that she is a descendant of a Jewish family from the Sephardim branch. Her father, Israel Samuel Baruh, was born in Vidin and his father, Samuel Baruh was an inn-keeper and had a total of four children. So my father had two sisters and a brother. Their names were Ester, Mazal, and Victor, but unfortunately I know nothing else about them. I know nothing at all about my paternal grandmother, Djamila Samuel Baruh, because she had died before I was born (that is before 1925) but I suppose she was also from Vidin and was most probably a housewife, staying at home and looking after her children, just like all the women of that time.

My mother's brothers and sisters were Samuel (called also Bucco as first born son, since this was the tradition in the Jewish families then), Israel Baruh, Avram Israel Baruh, Isak Israel Baruh, Haim Israel Baruh, and Berta Baruh. Of course, the least information I have about my uncle Avram, who died of some illness as a child, that is - before the Law for Protection of the Nation was introduced in Bulgaria [1941]. I remember that uncle Bucco was a cobbler, Isak worked together with my father as a trades intermediary, uncle Haim made paper packaging for seeds which he sold at the market, and auntie Berta was a housewife. Except for Avram, who died very young and Haim, who died also of an illness relatively young in 1948, all other relatives emigrated to Israel at one time or another (I don't know exactly when, but it was most probably after 9th September 1944 [the day of the communist takeover in Bulgaria]). Avram and Haim died in Bulgaria, while all others - in Israel. The name of my uncle Haim's wife was Margarita, but they didn't have children and didn't manage to go to Israel. The names of uncle Bucco's and auntie Berta's children are Isidor, Dora, Lora, Josef, Jana, and Albert. They left for Israel and I don't know anything about them. Uncle Isak and auntie Rashel Baruh had children whose names were Tiko, Rozhe, and Jacque. I have no information about them and their families. Berta and Morits Bokumski's children were called Frida, Ani and Zhori. I know nothing about them. However, as far as I know, Berta died in Israel in the early 1980s.

Interview details

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

KEY 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

Other Person

Ruben Fridman
Year of birth:
1923
City of birth:
Ruse
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1999
City of death:
Haifa
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
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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