Baruh and Regina Konorti

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  • Photo taken in:
    Haifa
    Year when photo was taken:
    1926
    Country name at time of photo:
    Palestine
    Country name today:
    Israel
This is my father's younger brother, Baruh Konorti, and his wife, Regina. Baruh was born in 1905 in Sofia. He used to work as a barber in the town of Dupnitza. He went to live in Palestine in 1926. He had a lot of difficulties there and he wrote many letters to my father asking for help. He left Palestine and came back to Bulgaria, and then emigrated back to Israel in 1949. He got married there and settled in Akko. Most of my family moved to Israel. 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 married Josif Kamhi. We met 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. My husband studied in the mechanical and electrical technical institute in Sofia and became an electrical engineer. 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

Baruh Konorti
Year of birth:
1905
City of birth:
Sofia
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1972
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Barber
after WW II:
Barber

Other Person

Regina Konorti
Year of birth:
1900
City of birth:
Kyustendil
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1965
City of death:
Bat Yam
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Lazar
    Year of changing: 
    1922
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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