Sofi Uziel on vacation

Sofi Uziel on vacation
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  • Photo taken in:
    Rakitovo
    Year when photo was taken:
    1938
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1944
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria
This is a memory from Rakitovo. We, children of war invalids, used to go there on holidays. The photo was taken on 25th August 1938. I?m the first from left. I started working at the age of six. I used to work in my spare time when I finished my homework and sometimes I went on working till midnight. We had a small grocery here, on the corner. We lived on the income from that grocery and on my father's invalid pension. My father used to spend three months a year in the Home for Invalids in Bankya. This was his holiday. We used to visit him on Sundays and that was our holiday. My father was very ill - he suffered from insomnia and couldn't sleep because he had a grenade splinter in his brain. He died from it later. There were no operations back then. Although very ill, my father cared for us very much and insisted on our speaking properly. I had a free ticket for the railways. I used to go to Vidin to see my aunt Sara Benaroya. I was very skinny. I also used to go to a camp [Rakitovo], which was one stop before Velingrad. Children of war invalids used to be sent there.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Sofi Uziel
Year of birth:
1922
City of birth:
Sofia
Occupation
before WW II:
Manual laborer
after WW II:
Retail clerk
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Benaroya
    Year of changing: 
    1943
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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