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Bonka Davico’s Estera Demajo and her brother Haim Demajo

This is a photo of my mother Rasela, my brother Haim and me in Sarajevo in 1926.

As a young man my father was fradted into the army and took part in the Balkan wars, he fought in Albania, too.

In 1918, he went (from Albania) to Sarajevo. There were five Jews in that regiment, and one of them was my father.

They were greeted on the station by the (Jewish) “Benevolence Society”, of which my mother was a member, as well as by other Serbian societies.

The streets of Bascarsija in Sarajevo

My paternal grandfather’s name was Avram Altarac.

He was born in the 1860s and a plumber by profession. He did all kinds of installation work and also owned a little shop on Bascscarsija [1] Street, where he worked alone.

It’s a long street, very famous in Sarajevo and known as a market place; all kinds of craftsmen used to have shops there. My grandfather was one of those craftsmen and sold all kinds of products made of sheet metal in his shop.

Centropa in Bosnia

This short text describes our work in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Macedonia

There was no country called Yugoslavia before 1918, and this “Union of South Slavs” brought together lands that had spent centuries under Austrian, Italian, Hungarian and Ottoman rule. Some 87,000 Jews lived in this new land and they ranged from Sephardic Jews in Bosnia, Serbia and along the Adriatic to Ashkenazi Jews in most of Croatia and in the Hungarian-speaking parts of Serbia (Vojvodina).

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HANA GASIC: MY SPANISH BOSNIAN LIFE

When Hana Montiljo was born in Sarajevo in 1940, Jews had been living in Bosnia for 400 years, but one year after Hana came into the world, more than 85% of Sarajevo’s Jews were murdered. Hana Montiljo-Gasic shares with us her pictures and her stories of a world that no longer exists.

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Judita Jovanovic’s father Zoltan Biro with fellow cadets

My father with fellow cadets. Zoltan is the second person from the right. The picture was taken in the dining room of the military school for reserve officers of the Yugoslav Royal Army, in Sarajevo in 1935. 

He finished his law degree in Belgrade and then served in the Yugoslav Army from 1934 to 1935. His service included completing an officers' training course. Upon the completion of his army service, he began his apprenticeship with a Belgrade law firm. 

 

Judita Jovanovic’s father Zoltan Biro and fellow students from the Mostar gymnasium

My father Zoltan Biro with graduates from the Mostar gymnasium. Zoltan is the first boy on the left sitting in the foreground. The other people are probably his friends from the same grade. The photo was taken near Mostar in 1930. 

When my father finished primary school, his family moved from Subotica to Mostar. My father completed high school in Mostar and then enrolled in law school at the University of Zagreb. 

Judita Jovanovic’s father Zoltan Biro with his classmates from gymansium

My father Zoltan Biro with graduates from the Mostar gymnasium. Zoltan is the first boy on the left sitting in the foreground. The other people are probably his friends from the same grade. The photo was taken near Mostar in 1930. 

When my father finished primary school, his family moved from Subotica to Mostar. My father completed high school in Mostar and then enrolled in law school at the University of Zagreb. 

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