The wedding of Viza Bohor Rahamim

The wedding of Viza Bohor Rahamim
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  • Photo taken in:
    Kyustendil
    Year when photo was taken:
    1924
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1944
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria

This is a wedding picture of my father's younger sister Viza Bohor Rahamim. Here Viza and Rahamim are pictured. Efraim Lazar (first from left), my father's younger brother is also in the picture, as well as Buka Lazar (second from left), his wife. This photo was taken in Kyustendil in front of our house in 1924 or 1925. I am the best man here (first from right, in the first row) together with a girl - the maid of honor, whom I saw when I visited Israel 4 or 5 years ago. She is already an adult, she married a friend of mine - an amateur musician just like me. Her name is Mati. His name is Sofi. Their son is called Motzi.

Our kin, the Lazars, as our family was known at that time, is a very old Kyustendil family. We used to live in a house with my paternal grandparents. My paternal grandfather's name was Aron Solomon Lazar, but everybody used to call him Bohor and that's how it remained [in Ivrit: bechor - the eldest, first-born son]. My grandfather was the oldest person in the entire Jewish community in Kyustendil and he was treated with due attention and respect. Many of the Jewish families gathered at our place during the biggest Jewish holidays. Usually some 30 people would gather in the small entrance hall of our house.

Interview details

Interviewee: Leon Lazarov
Interviewer:
Leontina Israel
Month of interview:
July
Year of interview:
2003
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Leon Lazarov
Year of birth:
1918
City of birth:
Kjustendil
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
before WW II:
University student
after WW II:
Working in natural and technical sciences

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