Venezia and Josif Kamhi’s wedding

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  • Photo taken in:
    Sofia
    Year when photo was taken:
    1950
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria
This is my wedding photograph. Josif and I married before the registrar in 1950. I was wearing a dark blue dress and a white jacket. I carried a bunch of gladioli. Our wedding was a very humble ceremony with some friends. My husband was still a student at the university then and we didn't have any money. My husband was born on June 29, 1926. His father was a butcher and his mother was a housewife. My husband studied in the mechanical and electrical technical institute in Sofia and became an electrical engineer. My ancestors came from Spain two centuries ago. They belong to the Sephardi settlers' group that came to the Balkan Peninsula in the 18th century. My father was a soldier during World War I. He was born in 1900 and went to the front when he was 17. He was a captive in Italy for a year and a half. That is where he learned a little Italian. He also spoke Ladino, Hebrew and Bulgarian. My father loved to sing, and he really sang very well. He, my brother and I used to sit on the bed in the bedroom on Sundays and sing songs from songbooks. My father sang songs in Ladino. The texts were very romantic. I was 15 when he fell ill. He was bedridden for a year and a half. He died of cancer in 1947 in Sofia. My brother and my mother went to Israel in 1949. It was very hard for Mordohai in the beginning because he did not know the language. I stayed in Bulgaria. I met Josif Kamhi in 1943 when we were interned in Kiustendil. I approved of my relatives going to Israel. I also wanted to go there, but my husband insisted on staying here. His brother had died as a partisan and his mother had died in a concentration camp, so he didn't want to part with his sister. After the war, I worked in dressmaking factories. Life was calm in the 1950s. Our salaries, homes and work became more secure. That is why I value that period so much. After the political changes in Bulgaria in 1989, life became harder for my family. Everything we had built and fought for started to fall apart. I value Eastern Europe's opening to the world. History goes on. We had capitalism, then socialism, and now a democracy. Life goes forward, and that is how it should be. Changes are natural, but they are very hard for us.

Interview details

Interviewee: Venezia Kamhi
Interviewer:
Dimitar Bozhilov
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2001
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Venezia Kamhi
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Sofia
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
after WW II:
Skilled self-employed
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Konorti
    Year of changing: 
    1950
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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