Interview - Slavina Kiprova, ID#100025647 HTY247a Oral...

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Slavina Kiprova, ID#100025647 HTY247a Oral History Interview with My Mother Slavina: Mother, can you tell me more about your background? What did your parents work? Mother: I grew up and lived in Simitli - a small town near Blagoevgrad. At that time my parents were clerks, but I don’t know if that profession still exists or if it’s still called the same way. Slavina: What do you mean by saying “at that time”? When was that? Mother: I am talking about the period before the 90s, before the transition. Slavina: And what exactly was that period? Mother: That was the era of communism in Bulgaria. Then the jobs were divided into two categories – clerks and workers. I don’t know if nowadays there is such division. Slavina: So what does it mean that your parents were clerks? How were they different form the others? Mother: Clerks were considered to be people at a higher intellectual and financial level, although the miners were also very well paid. My mother, your grandmother, had always been a teacher. My father, your grandfather, was initially a secretary of agitation and propaganda working for BCP (Bulgarian Communist Party). His job was very strange. He had to attract more members to join the communist party. Later on, he was promoted as a secretary on a regional level. After that he became a mayor of Simitli, the town in which we lived. Slavina: What is the most vivid memory of your childhood? Mother: Moving to a new house. That was the part of my childhood that I remember very well. It was a period of refining the city. There was no asphalt in the streets. They were dirty and very muddy during the winter. I had to bring with me another pair of shoes and I had to change them in front of my school. I also remember that there was no water in the neighborhood where I lived. We had to carry heavy buckets of water from other areas. It was a very hard period and lasted for a few years. Slavina: How old were you at that time? Mother: It started when I was eight years old and continued until I was twelve. But, at the same time our street was very quiet and there were a lot of children to play with after school. Slavina: How were schools at that time? Was the educational system somewhat different from today’s one? Mother: It was quite different from what it is now. All students were obliged to wear uniforms. The girls had to wear a white shirt, apron and a blue skirt below the knee. The rules in school
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were very strict when I was a student. The girls could not go to class if their nails were polished or if they were wearing short skirts. The boys had to wear a blue suite with a white shirt and a red tie. Each uniform had to have the symbol of the school sewed, not just attached by a pin. Students were also responsible for the style of their hairs. Girls were supposed to tie up their hair or have it cut very short. All the boys had to have very short hair; otherwise they were to be expelled from school until they shave it completely. Discipline was
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2009 for the course HISTORY 247 taught by Professor Kelbetcheva during the Spring '09 term at American University in Bulgaria.

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