RENOWNED BULGARIAN JEWS
Jules Pascin, self-portrait
JULIUS PINCAS, known in the world as Jules Pascin, is a painter (in water colours too), engraver, an outstanding representative of the Paris School, founded in the beginning of this century. Born in Vidin in 1885, a naturalized American, he put an end to his life, committing suicide in 1930 in the French capital. He worked in Germany, France, England, the United States, travelled across Europe, Central America, North Africa, Palestine. His paintings, executed in fresh, ethereal, delicate colours, depict people from the lower strata of society - street pedlars, dancers, prostitutes, etc. Some of Pascin's works can be found in the Museum of Fine Arts in Paris, in Grenoble, as well as in many private collections around the world.
ELIAS CANETTI was born in 1905 in the Bulgarian city of Russe, but, while he was still a young boy, his family emigrated to Austria. This German-language author described his life in Bulgaria in his autobiography entitled "Salvation and Language". In his novels and plays, as well as in his numerous essays and miniatures, the great experimenter and language explorer, using scathing devices and parable forms, displayed the characteristics of mass psychology. Broch and Kafka are his kindred spirits. Elias Canetti was awarded the 1981 Nobel Prize for literature.
ISAAC PASSY was born in 1928 in Plovdiv. A talented philosopher and aesthetician, Prof. Passy has contributed immensely to the association of the Bulgarian culture to the peaks of the European philosophical-aesthetic and literary thought (Montaigne, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Thomas Mann, etc.). Lecturing at the "St. Clement Ohridsky" University in Sofia, a citizen having high moral authority, Isaac Passy is a figure-institution in the Bulgarian intellectual life and a charismatic mentor of several generations of university graduates. His major works: "The Tragic", "The Comic", "Classical German Aesthetics", "On Philosophy and Life", "Thoughts and Thinkers".
Mathematician SOLOMON PASSY is Prof. Isac Passy's son. He was born in 1956 in Sofia. The traditional pro-European family orientation is perhaps responsible for the fact that Mr. Passy, Jr. is the founder and president of the Atlantic Club in Bulgaria (since 1991). In the Bulgarian press he became something of a legend with his illustrious little "Trabant", in which even Manfred Woerner, the late NATO Secretary General, was given a ride. Solomon Passy was involved in the dissident movement under totalitarianism and was a deputy from the democratic opposition to the Grand National Assembly (1990-1991).
Composer, pianist, interpreter, pedagogue - MILCHO LEVIEV is one of the great names in the contemporary world jazz. He was born in 1937 in Plovdiv and graduated from the Conservatoire in Sofia. After 1976, when he acquired US citizenship, Leviev joined, as composer and instrumentalist, Don Ellis' orchestra, later performed in Beverley Hills, and in Houston, took part in a large number of elite festivals and tours around the United States and Europe. He is an American Award winner for his rhapsody "Orpheus", and in 1982 he was proclaimed the best U.S. composer. Leviev very often employs Bulgarian folk motifs in his works.
Painter GREDI ASSA was born in 1954
in Pleven, and completed his university studies in Turnovo. Now he is professor
in the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia.
IZHAK FINTZI was born in 1933 in Sofia, where he graduated from the dramatic art academy. In the following years he played in a number of theatres, both in the capital city and in other places throughout the country, as well as in many feature films. He is winner of the best actor award of the "Golden Prague" TV films festival (1982). His best loved character on the scene is the big Little man - a human being incessantly trampled by Life and the high and mighty, who frequently evokes laughter, but more often the sympathy and compassion of the audience - because of the nobleness, dignity, modesty and selflessness always helping him manage and overcome the vicissitudes of his destiny. Undoubtedly, the unusual popularity of Izhak Fintzi, called by his friends and public by the intimate name of Itzko, is due to the fact that a good number of Bulgarian people identify, consciously or unconsciously, with his characters.
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