Photo taken in:SofiaYear when photo was taken:2001Country name at time of photo:Bulgaria after 1989Country name today:Bulgaria
The picture was taken at the place of my daughter Ani [Ana] Mladenova on the occasion of my great-grandson’s fifth birthday anniversary. Mladen is the son of Ani's elder son - Nikolay (1973). Nikolay and his wife Stanislava live in Canada. Obviously he was named after his grandfather Mladen Mladenov, who is a Bulgarian.
My daughter Ani is an architect, but she is not working at present. As a matter of fact she was the first to marry - yet as a schoolgirl in 1973. My husband and I even had to ask for permission for their wedding, because they hadn't completed their high school education yet (Ani was then almost 18 years old). Her husband's name is Mladen Mladenov, they were classmates. She was still a schoolgirl when she gave birth to her first child Nikolay. Nikolay graduated from the Sofia's High School of Mathematics, after which he married and went to Canada. At present he lives there together with his wife Stanislava, also a mathematician, and their two children Mladen (1996) and Anton (2001). Ani's daughter is called Elena (1978). She graduated from the Construction University in Sofia and is a water conduit and sewerage engineer. Now she is practicing her profession with a company.
I don't know when my children understood they were Jews. We used to celebrate all the Jewish holidays at home, although we didn't always observe the tradition very strictly. My children graduated from Bulgarian schools. So I am not sure if they have an increased Jewish self-consciousness. What is for sure, no one can remember of anti-Semitic incident against a member of our family.