Sophie Pinkas at the graduation ball with Jewish classmates

Sophie Pinkas at the graduation ball with Jewish classmates
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  • Photo taken in:
    Vidin
    Year when photo was taken:
    1942
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1944
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria
This photo was taken in Vidin in 1942. I am first from right in the first row. When we graduated from high school in 1942 because of the Law for Protection of the Nation we were not allowed to take part in the graduation ball of our high school. So, we, the Jewish students, decided to organize our own party and gathered in our house. We had a big hall where we organized it. We decided not to wear official costumes, but black uniforms with white collars for the girls and the uniforms with the high officer's collars for the boys. All my Jewish classmates are on this photo. There are also some boys who had not yet graduated, but we invited them as well. Since there was a curfew at that time, we partied the whole night until the early morning hours. The girl with the accordion in the middle of the lower row is Pina Mashiah, who played the instrument very well. She played and we danced. We also had a gramophone. I am the first from right to left on the lower row. Third from left to right on the uppermost row is my friend Jina Kirova, nee Mashiah, and to the left of her is Neli Levi. The second from right to left on the second row is Ester Panova, nee Moshe, who graduated in geography and in the middle of the first row is Adela Arie. On the right in the uppermost row is Marko Primo, a lawyer who didn't emigrate and still lives in Vidin. Mayer Alhalel also remained in Vidin; he is on the right in the first row. Almost all had progressive views. The whole Jewish street shared these beliefs. Adela Arie was a UYW member. She was in charge of our branch and collected the membership fee. We were good students, received excellent marks and we had no problems graduating. Yet, we weren?t allowed to apply for university. So, we remained with our high school diplomas until 9th September 1944. Then almost all of us applied to universities.

Interview details

Interviewee: Sophie Pinkas
Interviewer:
Yulina Dadova
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2003
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Sophie Pinkas
Year of birth:
1923
City of birth:
Vidin
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Doctor

Other Person

Neli Levy
Decade of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Vidin
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Doctor

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
Date of interview:
1998

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