Lenka Koen and family

Lenka Koen and family
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  • Photo taken in:
    Belgrade
    Year when photo was taken:
    1904
    Country name at time of photo:
    Serbia, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Serbia
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    S. Mojsilovic
Pictured here are my grandmother's sister, Lenka Koen, and her husband Josip Koen with two of their children, Rahela-Elica and Isak. The photo was taken in the S. Mojsilovic studio in Belgrade in 1904. My paternal grandmother, Matilda Kalef, and her sister , Lenka Koen, were very close. They saw each other often and visited one another. She was a housewife and I assume her husband was a merchant. They lived at 27 Gospodar Jovanovo Street on the corner of Kralja Petra Street, in a big apartment on the first floor. Lenka was married to Josip Koen and they had four children: Isak, Marko, Maci and Elica. They were all killed during the war. Her husband was taken away with Jakov Kalef and killed among the first of the adult Jews killed in Belgrade. Elica was transported from Belgrade with her new born baby. Since she knew she was going to die she threw her baby, Avram, out the train window, with the hope that someone would rescue the baby. I learned this story from my mother and she heard it from a survivor whose name my mother never told me.

Interview details

Interviewee: Matilda Cerge
Interviewer:
Rachel Chanin Asiel
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2005
Belgrade, Serbia

KEY PERSON

Lenka Koen
City of birth:
Belgrade
Country name at time of birth:
Serbia
Year of death:
1941
City of death:
Belgrade
Country of death:
Serbia
Died where:
Belgrade
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Kalef
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Josip Koen
City of birth:
Belgrade
Country name at time of birth:
Serbia
Year of death:
1941
Country of death:
Serbia
Died where:
Serbia
Occupation
before WW II:
Merchant
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