Mois Saltiel and his father Solomon Saltiel on a walk

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  • Photo taken in:
    Sofia
    Year when photo was taken:
    1925
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1944
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria

Here I am two years old, on a walk with my father Solomon Saltiel. The photo was taken in Sofia in 1925.

My parents were Solomon Avram Saltiel and Rebecca Eliya-Kyoso, which is her father’s family name. They were born in 1892 and had secondary education. They spoke Bulgarian and Ladino. My mother was a housewife and my father was a cobbler. He had a workshop where he repaired shoes. I do not know how they met or if the marriage was arranged or not, because I was not born yet. They had a religious wedding in Sofia. They dressed in accordance with the tradition at those times.

We were not doing very well financially. We were not extremely poor, but we were not rich either. We lived in my maternal grandparents’ house so that we would not have to pay money for rent. Our home had two rooms, where the six of us lived. My parents slept in one of the rooms and my three brothers and I slept in the other. At first we did not have a kitchen or closet so we made a small kitchen in the corridor. We used coal-burning stoves for heating. We did not have a garden or animals.

In the beginning there was a maid, who helped our mother, but my mother looked after us mostly – we did not have a nanny or a governess. I did not go to a kindergarten. I spent my childhood at home with my mother and playing games with the children.

We had mostly secular books and a few religious ones. My parents read books, but only when they had some free time. My father’s obligation was to earn money to support us, and my mother’s – to cook and buy food.

Interview details

Interviewee: Mois Saltiel
Interviewer:
Patricia Nikolova
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2003
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Solomon Saltiel
Year of birth:
1892
City of birth:
Sofia
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1975
City of death:
Bat-Yam
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Self-employed craftsman in non-elite
after WW II:
Skilled self-employed

Other Person

Mois Saltiel
Year of birth:
1923
City of birth:
Sofia
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
before WW II:
Office clerk
after WW II:
Journalist/editor

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education (University of Southern California)
Date of interview:
1998

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