Matilda Israel with her friends

Matilda Israel with her friends
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  • Photo taken in:
    Karnobat
    Year when photo was taken:
    1935
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1944
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria
This is a photo of me (second from left) and my friends from my school years in Karnobat in 1935. When I was in high school I had both Jewish and Bulgarian friends. While I was young, all my friends were Jews, because I didn't go out of the Jewish neighborhood, which we had formed out of our own will. In my class in high school, however, I was the only Jew. At that time I was also a member of Hashomer Hatzair, the Jewish youth organization. We spoke only in Hebrew during our meetings and I learned the language there. We often went to a hut near Karnobat, where we spent some days playing and having fun. We often played the following game: We had to find an object that had been hidden by someone. The person who hid it directed us by giving us hints, which we tried to figure out. I learned the Morse code then. I suppose that our games were similar to those of the present-day scout organizations.

Interview details

Interviewee: Matilda Israel
Interviewer:
Leontina Israel
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2003
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Matilda Israel
Year of birth:
1921
City of birth:
Karnobat
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
before WW II:
Teacher
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Yulzari
    Year of changing: 
    1942
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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