Matilda Cerge and her sister Breda Simonovic with their grandmother Matilda Kalef

Matilda Cerge and her sister Breda Simonovic with their grandmother Matilda Kalef
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  • Photo taken in:
    Fruska Gora
    Country name at time of photo:
    Kingdom of Yugoslavia, pre 1941
    Country name today:
    Serbia
We had this picture taken when my grandmother, Matilda Kalef, came to visit my sister Breda (on the left) and me at the sanitorium in Fruska Gora where we were recovering from pulmonary illness. We stayed there for three months by ourselves while we were recuperating. Grandmother visited us. Every year my aunt Lenka Kalef would take our dolls before the holiday and make us new ones. Those are the ones. They were so nice; they were made out of rubber. We must have taken them with us. We always had new dresses for them. We were in the sanatorium in Fruska Gora for three months. We were young, maybe my sister was three and I was five. After that 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. It is amazing how delicate we were. We were sick, we had every possible illness: measles, chicken pox, mumps, problems with lungs, everything. We were not spoiled. Maybe my grandmother exaggerated a bit; maybe she kept us too warm. Then when we went out we got sick. And imagine this, when the occupation came, when we lived up in the attic, and when we had nothing left to eat, we were never sick.

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
Decade of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Belgrade
Country name at time of birth:
Kingdom of Yugoslavia pre 1941
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
    Decade of changing: 
    1940
  • Previous family name: 
    Kalef
    Year of changing: 
    1948
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1940

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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