Matilda Levi with her husband Nisim Levi

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  • Photo taken in:
    Sofia
    Year when photo was taken:
    1945
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1944-1989
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria

Here I’m with my husband, Nisim Levi. I think we had just married when we had this picture taken. It was in 1945, in Sofia.

In Sofia I had a good company of girls, friends of mine. They were all Jews. All of them were university graduates: engineers, dentists, etc., and we had all been friends since our high school years. I met my husband in that company. He was the only one in that circle who had graduated in medicine, and who was sent to different villages all the time. We used to write to each other regularly. It was like that for three or four years; we were always separated, up and down the country. He was a Komsomol worker in the villages of Kesarevo, Kilifarevo, and Dobromirka. He was enthusiastic about the Komsomol work. He continued his work in the villages after 9th September 1944 and then he was sent to Sofia. He started working here. We got married in 1945. Civil marriages before the registrar were introduced then.

I didn't get married according to the Jewish tradition and my husband and I even decided to have a wedding without any ceremonies. There were no clothes, nothing. There are Jewish women who know the Jewish rituals but I'm not acquainted with it. Our wedding was very simple. I borrowed a dress of my mother, which was red and a little bit nicer than the others I had, and we went to the registrar. We couldn't even do it on Sunday; it was Monday then. We went to a pastry shop with two friends, and then in the evening my mother killed a couple of chickens and cooked them and some people helped with the cooking. There was no other meat in those days. We ate chicken with rice and some cake; it was a very simple party. We gathered right here in this apartment but there was a door and the space was turned into a big hall.

Interview details

Interviewee: Matilda Levi
Interviewer:
Violeta Kyurdyan
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2002
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Matilda Levi
Year of birth:
1919
City of birth:
Karnobat
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
after WW II:
Accountant/tourist guide
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Behar
    Year of changing: 
    1945
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Nissim Levi
Year of birth:
1912
City of birth:
Sofia
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1988
City of death:
Sofia
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Doctor
after WW II:
Doctor

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
Date of interview:
1998

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