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Oral history interview with Mordechai Arbel

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.430.0044

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Mordechai Arbel, born in Sofia, Bulgaria and age 60 at the time of the interview, discusses his childhood in Sofia; customs and everyday life in Bulgaria before the war; the slow increase in Germans in the area; how his school life was free from antisemitism; antisemitism from American teachers and administrators in the school (The American School of Sofia); his father helping Jews to immigrate to Israel; the Germans entering formally on March 1, 1941; the emigration visas issued by the British in Palestine; immigrating by train to Palestine via Turkey; the economic life in Bulgaria; Sephardic traditional life; his employment after entering Israel as a diplomat, businessmen, ambassador, manager, and historical researcher; and his overall feelings about Bulgaria and his experiences there.

Interviewee
Mordechai Arbel
Date
1990 March 04  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
4 videocassettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jacky and Lisa Comforty