Haim and Mazaltov Kalef

Haim and Mazaltov Kalef
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  • Photo taken in:
    Plovdiv
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1945
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Katzarovi bros
These are my maternal grandparents Mazaltov Haim Kalef, nee Sidi and Haim Kalef The photo must have been taken after their wedding. It was taken in Katzarovi brothers studio in Plovdiv. On the back of the photo it is written that the studio was awarded a gold medal at an exhibition under the auspices of King Ferdinand. It was probably taken in the late 1890s, early 1900s. I remember that my maternal grandmother wrote in Ladino. She was a very calm and kind woman. She used to tell me fairy-tales - she was very eloquent and had an endless list of tales. My favorite ones were those from the 'A Thousand and One Nights' collection. My grandma was very intelligent and good and everybody in Plovdiv respected and loved her a lot. She died after we had already moved to live in Sofia, when I was in the 7th class of high school. My maternal grandfather died when I was just six years old. I remember that I heard some women talking about that on the street while I was going for a walk in town. I was a very little girl then and I couldn't understand very well what was going on. I understood it only after my mother explained it to me. According to our traditions women don't go to the cemetery so I don't remember my grandfather's funeral. [Rebeca Gershon thinks that women should not go to the cemetery]

Interview details

Interviewee: Rebeca Gershon-Levi
Interviewer:
Dimitar Bozhilov
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2002
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Haim Kalef
Decade of birth:
1870
City of birth:
Plovdiv
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1928
City of death:
Plovdiv
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Businessman, Retail merchant

Other Person

Mazaltov Kalef
Year of birth:
1880
City of birth:
Plovdiv
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1940
City of death:
Plovdiv
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Sidi
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1890

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