Tinka Kohen and Valeri Kohen

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  • Photo taken in:
    Sofia
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1944-1989
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria
This is me and my son Valeri Kohen, but I don’t remember exactly where and when the picture was taken. After the changes in 1989 and his father's death Valeri gradually took up his business as attorney of Jewish estates in Bulgaria. The wars in Israel in 1967 and 1973 brought us to marry our son Valeri to a Jewish girl. At that time our daughter Leah was married to a Bulgarian from a family who did not have any feelings for the problems of the Jews. At this point I told my son that only a Jew who experienced and understood the problems of Israel, could understand the Jewish tragedy. And so if he would marry a Jew, I told him, she would have a different view on the events there. The breaking of diplomatic ties between Bulgaria and Israel also hurt me a lot - here the Jews were called aggressors and so we mixed only with Jewish friends so that we could talk and share our opinions more freely.

Interview details

Interviewee: Tinka Kohen
Interviewer:
Stephan Djambazov
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2002
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Valeri Kohen
Year of birth:
1947
City of birth:
Sofia
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

Other Person

Tinka Kohen
Year of birth:
1918
City of birth:
Sofia
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
after WW II:
Office clerk
  • Previous family name: 
    Iakova
    Year of changing: 
    1939
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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