Matilda Israel's family

Matilda Israel's family
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  • Photo taken in:
    Karnobat
    Year when photo was taken:
    1923
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1944
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria
The photo was taken in Karnobat. This is my family. In the row sitting on chairs from left to right are my mother's sisters Sophie Levi, nee Perets, Regina Natan, nee Perets, my mother Rebecca Yulzari, nee Perets, and I, my father Meshulam Yulzari and my maternal grandmother Ester Perets. Behind them, standing, are Yosif (Regina's husband), my brother Jacques, Buko (my mother's sister Sophie's husband ). The children sitting from left to right are Haim Benaroya (my half-brother from my mother's first marriage), Olga and Leon (Sophie's children). I am the baby in my mother Rebecca's arms, in the center. My father's first wife passed away. I don?t know the exact cause, but I know that she had been bedridden for quite some time, because my sisters used to tell me how they did all the household chores then. From his first wife my father had six children: Sabetay, Jacques, Sophie, Buka, Ana, Albert. Neither of the women worked, they were all housewives. Jacques was a dentist; he graduated in France and in 1951 moved to Israel with his family. His son, Mihael Bar Zoar, was a deputy in the Knesset. He wrote a book on the salvation of the Bulgarian Jews - 'Outside Hitler's Grasp'. A movie was made based on it two years ago. He often comes to Bulgaria and we always see each other when he is here. Albert died very young, only 17 years old, of typhus. I know from my mother that he was a very good man. Once she noticed that the cheese supply at home ran out very quickly and that Albert would wear one and the same shirt. She asked him about that and he admitted that he gave all his clothes as well as the cheese to a poor family. My other sisters and brothers moved to Israel in 1948 where they settled. Now their families live there. I feel closest to the children of my brother Haim, Yitzhak and Rebecca.

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

Other Person

Rebecca Yulzari
Year of birth:
1887
City of birth:
Asenovgrad
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1974
City of death:
Sofia
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Perets
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1920

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