Matilda Cerge and her sister Breda Simonovic

Matilda Cerge and her sister Breda Simonovic
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  • Photo taken in:
    Belgrade
    Country name at time of photo:
    Kingdom of Yugoslavia, pre 1941
    Country name today:
    Serbia
Here I am with my sister Breda before the war. We are wearing dresses that we called dirndls. They were in the Austrian fashion. The photo was taken in Belgrade in the 1940s. My sister always had a talent for acting and everything. Whenever we were anywhere, during Purim for instance, if we were at someone's place or at home and people came over, we recited verses and sang. Since we were the youngest in the family they always made us recite passages and sing. It wasn't enough for my sister to sing; she had to be put on the table. She liked to show off. I stood off to her side and we sang duets or we recited something in duet. She very much liked to get attention. I was called Tilka and my sister Ela. Everyone called us by these names. After the war Mother continued to call us by these names.

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

Breda Simonovic
Year of birth:
1931
City of birth:
Belgrade
Occupation
before WW II:
Student
after WW II:
Opera singer
  • Previous family name: 
    Ograjensek
    Year of changing: 
    1941
    Reason for changing: 
    Assumed name during WWII
  • Previous family name: 
    Kalef
    Year of changing: 
    1958
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
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