The clouds of war were gathering over Europe in 1937, when Milcho Leviev was born in Plovdiv,
Bulgaria. His journey to jazz fame had begun and he recalls it thusly:
"During W.W.II Bulgaria was, for the most part, a fascist country, on the German side. My father was
Jewish, but the Bulgarian Jews didn't go to the gas chambers, they were saved, like the Danish Jews.
When the war ended I was 7. I experienced some bombing of my town at the end of the war; Hitler
ordered Bulgaria to declare war on the USA! It was proper at that time for middle class family kids, war
or no war, to have music lessons, so my brother started first