The Jewish Retirement Home in Sofia, located further up on Vitosha, was falling apart. Due to a lack of funds, it looked like it would have to be closed. Then, the Georg Stilke Foundation from Hamburg stepped in. Today, “Dom na Roditelja” (“House for Parents”), looks like new, after a thorough renovation. The “Jüdische Allgemeine”, a Jewish weekly made in Frankfurt am Main, visited the organization.
Up until 15 years ago, the Jewish Kindergarden was located in the building. Fifteen years ago, it was converted to a nursing home. The latter was recently opened for non-Jewish seniors as well. The fact that the facility’s kitchen prepares kosher food, does not upset any of the non-Jewish women and men living there.
In its article, the “Jüdische Allgemeine” is quoting two elderly ladies, Sophie Danon und Gracia Albuhaire, who remember the persecution of Jews in Bulgaria, in the early 1940-s. But, their deportation to concentration camps, was avoided, because of protests by personalities in the Orthodox Church, by politicians and other Bulgarians. “Many Christians showed respect for us back then”, the ladies are being quoted. “Back then, we suffered all that hatred.” With this facility, they wanted to show that the latter had been overcome, the two ladies told the publication.
Photo by Frank Stier.