Stela Astrukova’s family

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  • Photo taken in:
    Sofia
    Year when photo was taken:
    1985
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1944-1989
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria

This is my family in the living room of my flat. The photo was taken in 1985 – 1986. There is nothing on the back of the photo. In the second row standing from left to right are Neli Astrukova, wife of my son Evgeni, I am next to her, next to me is the wife of my other son Emil – Medi. In the first row from left row right are my son Evgeni, his daughter Linda and son Yosif. In the middle is my husband Yosif Astrukov and next to him is Emil’s son – Yosif, my son Emil and his daughter Ines.My husband was somewhat insistent that our sons should marry Jewish women. He believed that Jewish girls had different moral qualities than the others, they were more conservative towards life and values and had a better upbringing.  Both of my sons are married to Jewish women. I think they met their wives in a Jewish choir in which they sang for some time. Evgeni's wife is Neli Samuilova. They have two children – Linda and Yosif. Yosif is married to a Bulgarian – Mariana and they have a daughter Sara – my great-granddaughter. Emil is married to Medi Levi, they have two children – Ines and Yosif. Evgeni and Emil have medical degrees. They applied for positions in the ISUL Hospital [acronym for 'Institute for Specialization and Development of Medics'] and  became assistants in the surgery. When ISUL was closed, one of them went to work in chest surgery and the other in 2nd surgery. We are a family of medics. There are 27 – 28 medics in the family tree of my family. My husband had pure communist ideals. He never used his position to his advantage. When he was banished from the army for the second time, he received six salaries and as a compensation we bought this flat on Lyuben Karavelov Str. 

Interview details

Interviewee: Stela Astrukova
Interviewer:
Svetlana Avdala
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2006
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Stela Astrukova
Year of birth:
1925
City of birth:
Sofia
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
after WW II:
Doctor, Head of the infections
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Levi
    Year of changing: 
    1946
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Yosif Astrukov
Year of birth:
1912
City of birth:
Sofia
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1996
City of death:
Sofia
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Political officer, Doctor, Chariman

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