Matilda Cerge with her parents and aunt from Slovenia

Matilda Cerge with her parents and aunt from Slovenia

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I am pictured here with my father Avram Kalef, my mother Dona Kalef (left) and my maternal aunt, Justina (right). The picture was taken in our house in Belgrade in 1930. My mother was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1909. Her name at birth was Antonija Ograjensek. Her mother died when she was very young and her siblings were scattered all around. When she was 18 or 19 she came to Belgrade to visit her sister who was living here. That is when she met my father. I don't know how my parents met. I never asked. My mother was very pretty and young and my father fell in love with her. She met him when she was about 20. They married very soon after they met. I don't know exactly when, maybe it was 1928. I was born when she was still 20. I know that my mother's sisters, Minka and Justina, came to the wedding from Slovenia. Her sisters came to our house but not often. Her sister who lived in Belgrade returned to Slovenia. She didn't remain in Belgrade. My mother didn't have time to tell us stories. She was always busy. All day long she was busy. Whenever the store was open she was there. And when she came home she didn't know what needed to be done first. In addition to the help we had she was always straightening up and helping around the house.
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Matilda Cerge