Liza, Dora and Yovka Behar

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  • Photo taken in:
    Plovdiv
    Year when photo was taken:
    1974
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1944-1989
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria

Here in the photo are my two daughters Liza and Dora and their mother and my wife Yovka. The photo was taken at their farewell prom in 1974. There is no stamp of a photo shop on the back of the photo, nor any other inscription. We usually dressed them identically but here, when making their first steps into real life, they are already wearing different clothes. They still feel a very strong connection with each other.

My two daughters were raised as Jews. For a short period of time they attended the Jewish kindergarten. In 1979 my daughters got married on one and the same day. They feel very strong connection even nowadays despite living in different countries. Liza has a college education and is a sanitary inspector – to control the quality of the food – but she doesn’t work in this field. Now she lives in Israel and works at a hotel in Elad. She married twice and has two children from her two husbands. From her marriage with Svetozar Zhelyazkov is her son Branimir, and from her second marriage to Tsenko Kunchev is her daughter Vanya, who is a student.
Dora is married to George Spasov, a master of sports – mechanized water sports. She has a secondary education of technology. She lives in Plovdiv and works as a beautician here.

Liza, who lives in Israel at the moment, is more committed to the Jewish organization whereas Dora, who lives here, is not committed to that extent. She is a member of Shalom but comes rarely, and her children, too, but on the other hand Liza is very devoted. Her daughter Vanya, who lives in Plovdiv, is an activist and a madriha. Dora has two children Nikolay and Iva. Iva is a third-year student. My two daughters are married to Bulgarian men. The Jewish origin of my daughters has never been an obstacle for the choice of their Bulgarian husbands, otherwise they wouldn’t have married them, right? Irrespectively of the fact that they have different professions and destinies, they feel very strongly connected. I’ll tell you a very interesting fact. When Dora was pregnant, Liza could feel her labor pains from a distance.

Interview details

Interviewee: Bitoush Behar
Interviewer:
Svetlana Avdala
Month of interview:
May
Year of interview:
2006
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Yovka Behar
Year of birth:
1934
City of birth:
Borets, Plovdiv region
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
after WW II:
A worker
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Zlatanova
    Year of changing: 
    1956
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Dora Spasova
Year of birth:
1957
City of birth:
Plovdiv
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
after WW II:
A beautician
  • Previous family name: 
    Behar
    Year of changing: 
    1979
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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