Matilda Israel's family and relatives

Matilda Israel's family and relatives
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  • Photo taken in:
    Karnobat
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1944-1989
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria
This is a family photo. Standing on the left is my husband Salvator Israel, with me next to him. My mother Rebecca Yulzari, nee Perets, is in front, holding our older son Marcel. Also in the picture is Rashel, the older sister of my husband and her husband Solomon. The photo was taken in Karnobat in 1945. After the war ended, we returned from Strazhitsa, where we were interned during the war, to Karnobat, where my husband worked as head of the district medical center until 1950. Meanwhile, our two sons were born - Marcel, in Plovdiv in 1945 and Michel, in Karnobat in 1948. We tried to educate our children in the spirit of the Jewish traditions. Neither I, nor my husband is religious, but we still chose to observe the traditions. I believe that Jewish traditions are a real treasure to everyone who respects them and observes them, without going to extremes. We celebrated all holidays. Salvator - or Daddy as we all called him, myself included - always read the prayers. We celebrated at home and didn't go to the synagogue. On Sabbath my mother lit the candles and later on I did. My mother cleaned the house on Thursday, cooked on Friday and Saturday was a day for rest. We didn't go to work then. When the children were little, they loved Tu bi-Shevat very much. I made them purses with various fresh and dry fruits, in which they groped as if they were bottomless and their contents - priceless. Marcel ate everything right away, but Michel preserved his fruits and ate them gradually, until his brother asked him to share them 'like brothers'. Now I make such purses for my granddaughters, who are no longer little children, but are still very happy to receive them.

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

Salvator Israel
Year of birth:
1908
City of birth:
Plovdiv
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1986
City of death:
Sofia
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Doctor
after WW II:
Teacher/Professor

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