Interview with Levy Shabtay,

Project: Voices of the Holocaust Oral History Project

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Levy Shabtay describes his early years in Sofia, Bulgaria as the Second World War began. He discusses at length the Bulgarians' opposition to the persecution of Jews, suggesting some of the reasons for this were the low socioeconomic status of Jews in Bulgaria and the good relations of the Bulgarian Jews with Bulgarian Gentiles, particularly with the Eastern Orthodox Church in Bulgaria. Although anti-Jewish regulations were enforced in Bulgaria during the war because of the country's support of Germany, Shabtay explains, the work that his father performed in a labor camp was nothing like slavery and was in fact recompensed. Shabtay describes his family's stay in the rural town of Provadia, Bulgaria, as well as their return to war-torn Sofia after the country's liberation by the Soviet army. Shabtay explains why no Bulgarian Jews were sent to death camps during the war.

Interview Accession

2015oh023_vh021

Interviewee Name

Levy Shabtay

Interviewer Name

Leora Kahn

Interview Date

1994

Interview Partial Date

1994

Interview LC Subject

World War, 1939-1945.

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Shabtay, Levy Interview by Leora Kahn. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Shabtay, L. (n.d.). Interview by L. Kahn. Voices of the Holocaust Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Shabtay, Levy, interview by Leora Kahn. (n.d.), Voices of the Holocaust Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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