Ester Navon, Nisim Navon's mother, and Rukula Navon, his sister, at the women's section dinner in the Jewish community of Belgrade

Ester Navon, Nisim Navon's mother, and Rukula Navon, his sister, at the women's section dinner in the Jewish community of Belgrade

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This picture was taken in the Jewish community of Belgrade during a meeting of the women's section. My mother Ester (fourth from left) and sister Rukula (second from right) are on the photo. My sister studied in the local gymnasium in Pristina before the war. Her studies were interrupted when the Numerus Clausus laws were passed. After the war she took a couple of training courses but she never finished her secondary education. She moved to Belgrade in 1948 where she worked as an office clerk. She married Jakov Ben Cion, a Sephardic Jew from Belgrade. They were married in 1948 in the Belgrade Synagogue by Rabbi Cadik Danon. Their marriage ended in divorce twenty-some years later. My sister and I currently live in Belgrade and see each other often. I still speak to my sister in Ladino but she prefers Serbian. Most of our extended family moved to Israel after the war, but my sister and our parents and I remained in Yugoslavia. Mainly because of their poor health, our parents were not in a condition to start a new life. Our father died in Pristina in 1951. After his death, my mother and I moved to Belgrade, where she died in 1984.
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Nisim Navon