Penka Kassabova, was a pioneer of early childhood education in Bulgaria. During WWII Penka took to her school four Jewish students, even though the ‘Law for the defense of the nation’ did not allow to admit Jewish students into higher education institutions. One of these students was my mom Ika Comforty who lives in Tel Aviv, and who have stayed in touch with Penka all her life. My mom saw Penka as the most influential person in her life. Penka’s values were passed to me by my mom as a child. They are very important to me today as an adult.