The Kohen family with friends in Israel

+
  • Year when photo was taken:
    1965
    Country name at time of photo:
    Israel
    Country name today:
    Israel
This family picture was taken in 1965 in Israel. From left to right are: Franklina (daughter of my sister Suzi Sami Eshkenazi, nee Solomonova), Mordo (the grandson of Solomon Avramov Solomonov, my father's brother), my husband Ezra Samuil Kohen, my mother Zhana Santo Solomonova, nee Almalech, my father Santo Avramov Solomonov and my sister Suzi. The others are friends, whom I don’t know. I’m not in the picture because I wasn’t in Israel at that time. My husband Ezra Samuil Kohen and I met in Sofia - we were both students at Sofia University. Ezra studied chemistry and later he started working in Himkombinat [Chemical plant] in Dimitrovgrad. He had a first cousin in Stara Zagora. His first cousin brought him to Stara Zagora in order to introduce us to one another and it occurred that we actually knew each other already. Thus our relationship began. We went for walks and chatted. We were fiancés for two or three years before we got married - he used to come to Stara Zagora in order to meet his cousin and me. We used to write to each other. My parents didn't oppose to our wedding. The reason was that before that I had had a love affair with a young Jewish man, who graduated in medicine. He insisted on leaving for Israel because the graduates were immediately distributed to work [in Bulgaria]. I would have needed to marry him and leave with him. At that time my mother wrote a letter, which read: 'My heart would start bleeding if you also move there just like your sister did...' And then that boy and I split up because of my mother. The second time I decided to get married she didn't interfere. She and my father decided that since they had already stopped me once, they wouldn't tell me what to do again. And so she didn't withhold me from doing it. My mother had a really strong desire to move to Israel and be with her children there. To the very last moment she thought that I would also leave. She didn't expect me to say 'no'. Finally my parents left for Israel as my mother's desire to leave and join my sister and her family there got the upper hand of it. The fact that many of their friends had already left was also of importance.

Interview details

Interviewee: Klara Kohen
Interviewer:
Stephan Djambazov
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2004
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Ezra Kohen
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Dupnitsa
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
2002
City of death:
Sofia
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

Other Person

Zhana Santo Solomonova
Year of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Stara Zagora
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1975
City of death:
Jaffa
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Almalech
    Year of changing: 
    1924
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

More photos from this country

Breda Simonovic in a guest performance with the Israeli Opera Company
Wedding photo of cousin Reina
The bar mitzvah of Lior Gershon

Read more biographies from this country

glqxz9283 sfy39587stf02 mnesdcuix8
glqxz9283 sfy39587stf03 mnesdcuix8