Nissim Leon Uziel with the volleyball team of Hakoah

Nissim Leon Uziel with the volleyball team of Hakoah
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  • Photo taken in:
    Sofia
    Year when photo was taken:
    1940
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1944
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria
This is a photo of the Hakoah team which participated in the volleyball tournament in 1940. The fifth from left to right (with the vest) is my husband Nissim Leon Uziel. Next to him, the tall man, is Valko Chervenkov's brother. Before the war my husband worked in the ?Brake&Buy? store. Later he was an organizational worker for the Trade Unions. I joined the progressive organization Hakoah, a sports organization. I met my husband through Hakoah. I married him in January 1943 in the synagogue in Sofia. We celebrated all Jewish holidays, but we celebrated them more progressively. As far as celebrating the different holidays the difference between us - the progressive ones - and the more conservative Jews was that we didn't go to the synagogue. We were members of the UYW. We dreamed of establishing a state. We dreamed of peace and love between people, but not in the way it was later distorted - RMC and everything. We thought everything was going to happen like in the fairy-tales. But life showed its true face. I remember all events - particularly the handing back of Dobrudzha [after WWII the previously Romanian Southern Dobrudzha was given to Bulgaria.], the Czar's death. We closely followed all events at the front. We used to hold our meetings for discussing those events at Vitosha mountain. Usually we spent the night there. We used to leave for the mountain in the afternoon and held our meetings in the evenings in order to avoid being heard or seen by anybody, particularly when we started hearing about certain things. We used to get on the tram after 11pm to go to Vitosha for our meetings.

Interview details

Interviewee: Sofi Uziel
Interviewer:
Vyara Gancheva
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2002
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Nissim Uziel
Year of birth:
1917
City of birth:
Sofia
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1994
City of death:
Sofia
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant
after WW II:
Manual laborer

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