Matilda Cerge and her family on vacation in Slovenia

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  • Country name at time of photo:
    Kingdom of Yugoslavia, pre 1941
    Country name today:
    Slovenia

This is from a vacation in Slovenia. My mother, Dona Kalef, is pictured on the left, next to her are her two sisters, Minka, Justina , my sister Breda, Slavka Ograjensek, Vasa who drove my father, then my father, Avram Kalef, Karl Zabukovac, Minka's husband and myself. The photo was taken in the 1930s.

All my mother's siblings lived in Slovenia. They have all since died and are buried in Slovenia. I have occasional contact with their children.

He was a diabetic with atrophy but he went everywhere. He wanted to see everything. We even went with him to the seaside. He went to the Adriatic Sea. We went by train. We didn't go to the sea every year, but we went somewhere. Sometimes the whole family went together, but most of the time we went with Mother.

It is amazing how delicate my sister and I were. We were sick, we had every possible illness: measles, chicken pox, mumps, problems with lungs, everything. Mother was very worried about our health and she took us a lot of times to Slovenia so that we could be in the Slovenian forest during the summer to breath the Slovenian air. During the day we laid on a hammock in the woods to breathe in the air and get better.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Matilda Cerge
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Belgrade
Occupation
before WW II:
High school student
after WW II:
Dental technician
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Ograjensek
    Year of changing: 
    1941
    Reason for changing: 
    Assumed name during WWII
  • Previous family name: 
    Kalef
    Year of changing: 
    1948
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Avram Kalef
City of birth:
Belgrade
Country name at time of birth:
Serbia
City of death:
Belgrade
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Merchant

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