Sara Katalan

Sara Katalan
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kazanlak
    Year when photo was taken:
    192122
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1944
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria
This is a picture of my mother, Sara Katalan, nee Bidjarano, taken in Kazanlak in 1921 or 1922. My mother was born on 24th May 1904 in Kazanlak. She finished the Girl's High School in Kazanlak - it was a rarity for a girl to graduate at that time. She married my father very young, in 1924, in the small synagogue in our town. After the wedding they went on a honeymoon trip to Vienna - as long as they lived they never stopped talking about this trip. My mother was a housewife all her life, a fastidious person: she sewed, knitted, cooked, did the shopping. She had a great sense of humor, she was a cheery and sociable person, people loved her and visited her to drink a cup of coffee, to have a talk, to exchange gossip. She was very beautiful - she had green eyes and copper-red hair that she sometimes wore in a great shining chignon; she also had red freckles to match her 'djindjita' - as her red hair was called. This was a great discomfort to her - she applied different creams to her freckles in hopes to remove them, but none of them worked. She loved reading and she liked to visit the chitalishte [cultural center].

Interview details

Interviewee: Luna Davidova
Interviewer:
Atanas Igov
Month of interview:
April
Year of interview:
2003
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Sara Katalan
Year of birth:
1904
City of birth:
Kazanlak
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:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Bidjarano
    Year of changing: 
    1924
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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