Mois and Juliet Saltiel on a visit to Israel

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My wife and I visiting Israel - near the Caesarea fortress. The photo was taken in 1994.

I remember, of course, all friends who left for Israel. I went there on excursions a couple of times and met them. I have been to Israel three times: the first time in 1974 when my father was still alive. Then I saw all the sights, met all my relatives and I was very impressed. My other two visits were in the 1980s. Now we still write to each other, they come to visit, we go there – so we still keep in touch with our friends and relatives in Israel.

I have a lot of friends today. They are mostly Jews, with some exceptions. We do not meet often with our relatives in Israel, but we respect each other. One of my hobbies is to make a complete family tree of my father’s family, my mother’s and my wife’s. I have made much progress in collecting factual data.

Thanks to the family tree made by me I got in touch through the Internet with cousins of mine living in Jerusalem – ancestors of Meshulam. He was a brother of my father, adopted by an Israeli citizen when he was eight years old. His ancestors sent me their own family tree and I combined the two into one.

My family tree is the only one of the Saltiel family in Bulgaria and other family trees were sent to the management of the international meeting of the Saltiel families in Thessaloniki, where all saw it. For more information about the meeting, one could read the electronic edition of the Saltiel magazine and of the Bulgarian newspaper ‘Evreiski Vesti,’ which is published by the Shalom Organization of Jews in Bulgaria.

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Interviewee: Mois Saltiel
Patricia Nikolova
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Sofia, Bulgaria


Juliet Saltiel
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Slatina Village
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Retail clerk
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Mois Saltiel
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Office clerk
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Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education (University of Southern California)
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