Josip’s father as a soldier, recovering from a wound in hospital

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  • Photo taken in:
    Békéscsaba
    Year when photo was taken:
    1917
    Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Hungary

The photo was taken in Bekescsaba, in 1917. My father Abram Papo was a soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army for 8 years. He was wounded in the Carpathian mountains and went to the Bekescsaba hospital to recover. His friend, Juda Kamhi, from Sarajevo is sitting next to him.  My brother-in-law's father is also in the picture. I don't remember where he is sitting. 

My father was a merchant and my mother a housewife. We owned the shop which was registered in my mother's name because my father did a little of everything. He finished one year of Jewish school and then spent nine years in the Austrian army. He spoke German, Hungarian and Spanish and learned them all while he was in the army. The textiles sold in the shop were mainly supplied from Sarajevo, and my father also sold seasonal goods - souvenirs. Since the shop was not big enough, we moved to a bigger store in which they sold many souvenirs, especially in the summertime. They did not sell any kinds of ritual items in the store, only those things that were used by the people of Makarska and those from the surrounding villages. There were a lot of confections, pants, jackets and coats. My father brought the merchandise in trunks from Sarajevo. The store functioned until 1941 when we emptied it but even then a section continued to work. 

 

Interview details

Interviewee: Josip Papo
Interviewer:
Ida Labudovic
Month of interview:
August
Year of interview:
2001
Belgrade, Zagreb, Croatia, Belgrade, Zagreb, Serbia

KEY PERSON

Abram Papo
Year of birth:
1887
City of birth:
Sarajevo
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary
Year of death:
1960
City of death:
Makarska
Country of death:
SFR Yugoslavia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Merchant
after WW II:
Merchant

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