Matilda Levi with her parents on vacation

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  • Photo taken in:
    Karlsbad
    Year when photo was taken:
    1930
    Country name at time of photo:
    Bulgaria, 1878-1944
    Country name today:
    Bulgaria

This is me and my parents on holiday. We went abroad several times. Here we are in Czechoslovakia, in 1930. We are on vacation in Karlsbad. There was a rack railway there. It was beautiful. And there were many crystals. We [in Bulgaria] didn't have anything like this here at that time. We bought a crystal vase from there. Later it disappeared, during one of our moves.

We didn't go to the seaside. When I was a child, we used to often go to Bankya. This was a small resort place in the past; today it is part of Sofia. They say that when I was a child we went during the holidays to Tryavna, but I only dimly recall it. The air was better there. We went to Zheravna: there was a young shepherd there. I liked him and he liked me, too. He gave serenades for me. In the mornings, he passed by with his goats. He had a flute and played it and I stood at the window and watched him. I remember that once we went to Hisarya. This is a Bulgarian mountain resort, famous for its healing mineral waters. My mother took therapy there; she had high blood pressure.

Interview details

Interviewee: Matilda Levi
Interviewer:
Violeta Kyurdyan
Month of interview:
March
Year of interview:
2002
Sofia, Bulgaria

KEY PERSON

Matilda Levi
Year of birth:
1919
City of birth:
Karnobat
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Occupation
after WW II:
Accountant/tourist guide
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Behar
    Year of changing: 
    1945
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Rashel Behar
Year of birth:
1887
City of birth:
Karnobat
Country name at time of birth:
Bulgaria
Year of death:
1961
City of death:
Sofia
Country of death:
Bulgaria
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
  • Previous family name: 
    Behar
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1910

Additional Information

Also interviewed by:
Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation
Date of interview:
1998

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