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Norbert J. Yasharoff collection

Document | Not Digitized | Accession Number: 1990.151 | RG Number: RG-10.235

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    The Norbert J. Yasharoff collection consists of photographs of the Yasharoff family of Sofia, Bulgaria before and during World War II; a letter written by Norbert Yasharoff to his cousin Narcisse Barouch, dated June 26, 1943; speeches relating to the Yasharoff family’s Holocaust experiences in Bulgaria; and Reaching the Light at the End of the Tunnel, a Holocaust memoir written by Norbert J. Yasharoff. Many of the people in the photographs are mentioned in the memoir. The letter written by Norbert Yasharoff is addressed to his cousin Narcisse Barouch who was stationed in a northern Bulgaria in a forced labor battalion. The letter was written one month after the family’s expulsion from Sofia and describes the family’s experience.
    inclusive:  circa 1900-2003
    bulk:  1940-1945
    Collection Creator
    Norbert J. Yasharoff
    Norbert Yasharoff (1930-2013) was born on February 18, 1930 in Sofia, Bulgaria to Joseph (1894-1971) and Nelly Yasharoff (1910-1982). He had a sister, Odette Yasharoff (later Ora Odette Wolfram, 1936-2006). His father, Joseph Yasharoff, a prominent lawyer, was also active in the Jewish community, heading relief efforts for the city’s Jewish orphans. In May 1943, the family was deported to Pleven in northern Bulgaria where they lived with relatives. Norbert even attended public school. The Soviet army arrived on September 9, 1944. Norbert finished high school in Sofia after the war. In 1948 he immigrated to Israel and later moved to the United States. Norbert Yasharoff married Halina Peabody and they had two sons. Norbert Yasharoff died on January 19, 2013.

    Physical Details

    English Bulgarian
    4 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The Norbert J. Yasharoff collection is arranged in four series.

    Series 1: Yasharoff family photographs, circa 1900-1943
    Series 2: Letter from Plevan, Bulgaria, June 26, 1943
    Series 3: Norbert Yasharoff memoir
    Series 4: Norbert Yasharoff speeches and letters regarding the Holocaust in Bulgaria, 2003

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Bulgaria. Sofia (Bulgaria)

    Administrative Notes

    Norbert J. Yasharoff donated the photographs and letter in his collection in 1990. Yasharoff donated his memoir titled Reaching the Light at the End of the Tunnel in 2002.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-02-24 14:04:59
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