The wedding picture of Nissim Kohen’s uncle Isak Haravon and his wife Matilda Haravon, nee Benaryoya

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  • Photo taken in:
    Kyustendil
    Year when photo was taken:
    1934
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1944
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria

The photo was made at the wedding of my uncle Isak Haravon and his wife Matilda Haravon, nee Benaroya. It was taken in Kyustendil in 1934. Mati is a teacher and Isak had a shop for electric materials and repaired electrical wirings. In 1948 they moved to Israel.

My mother's kin comes from Kyustendil. My mother's parents Yuda and Bohora Haravon lived there. I went there every summer when I was a student in the first grades of the Jewish school. My grandfather was a tinsman and my grandmother - a housewife. My mother's kin is very large. She had six brothers - Yosif, Rahamim, Shimon, Nissim, Chelebi and Mois Kohen. What is interesting about them is that my grandmother's parents left as early as the beginning of the 20th century, around 1906-1907 to the blessed land (Palestine at that time) to die there. They left their lands, their children and set off. My mother Sarina Kohen was 8-9 years old then. As far as I know my grandparents have graves in Jerusalem.

My mother had four brothers - Buko-Aron, Chelebi, Mois and Isak Haravon and two sisters - Sofi Haravon and Victoria Eshkenazi. The eldest one, Buko-Aron Haravon was a shoe merchant. He lived in Sofia and died in 1951. His wife is from Sofia and her name is Matilda. They had two daughters - Liza and Bienvenida, who died in 1944 as a partisan. Chelebi Haravon was a tinsman and sold coal. He moved to Sofia, where he opened a warehouse for combustibles. His wife was born in Sofia and her name was Buka. He died from apendicitis in February 1938. They had three children - Leon Haravon, who died as a partisan, Sofi Mayer, who left illegally for Palestine in 1945 and Nissim Haravon, who died in Israel. He was a composer. Mois Haravon was also a merchant. He went to Sofia when he was young. In 1930 he married his wife Roza Katalan, who is from Sofia. They left for Israel during the big aliyah in the 1948 - 1950. They have two sons - Leon and Gavriel, who live in Israel. My mother's youngest brother Isak Haravon, was an electrical technician. He lived mostly in Kyustendil. He was a fan of Tolstoy as regards moral and character. He did not drink and he was a vegetarian. His wife's name was Matilda, nee Benaroya, and she was born in Berkovitsa. They left for Israel. They have two children - Ida Levi, who was a housewife and Yeuda Haravon, who worked as an electrical engineer. Isak Haravon and his family lived in Ramat-Gan. One of my mother's sisters Sofi died very young while giving birth. About her I only know that she married a Jew from Botevgrad. My mother's other sister Victoria Eshkenazi, married in Sofia. Her husband's name is Gershon Eshkenazi and he was born in Ruse. She was a housewife and her husband worked in the enamel factory [factory producing dishes for Sofia]. They moved to Israel and she died there. She did not have any children.

Interview details

Interviewee: Nissim Kohen
Interviewer:
Dimitar Bozhilov
Month of interview:
June
Year of interview:
2005
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Isak Haravon
Year of birth:
1905
City of birth:
Kyustendil
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1988
City of death:
Bat Yam
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Electrical technician
after WW II:
Electrical technician

Other Person

Matilda Haravon
Decade of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Berkovitsa
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
City of death:
Ramat Gan
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Teacher
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Benaroya
    Year of changing: 
    1934
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Shoah
Date of interview:
1999

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