Avram and Dona Kalef's wedding picture

Avram and Dona Kalef's wedding picture
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  • Photo taken in:
    Belgrade
    Country name at time of photo:
    Kingdom of Yugoslavia, pre 1941
    Country name today:
    Serbia
This is my parents' wedding picture. It is interesting that Jews wore the rosemary branch on their lapels as is the Serbian custom. My mother was called Antonija before she converted. When she converted to Judaism she got the name Dona. But everyone called her Tonka. The whole Kalef family was very much opposed to my father marrying an Aryan. It was terrible. They didn't accept her, in fact. Never. She lived here and bore children, and Father supported her. Her family wasn't against the marriage. They were probably satisfied considering we were well-situated. Father said, 'This woman and no other. Her! End of story!' He didn't want to hear about any other woman. And in the end my grandmother gave in, because of her son. I just know that they, Grandmother and the rest of the Jewish family, were very against his marrying her. She had to convert to Judaism when she married him.

Interview details

Interviewee: Matilda Cerge
Interviewer:
Rachel Chanin Asiel
Month of interview:
November
Year of interview:
2005
Belgrade, Serbia

KEY PERSON

Avram Kalef
City of birth:
Belgrade
Country name at time of birth:
Serbia
City of death:
Belgrade
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Merchant

Other Person

Dona Kalef
Year of birth:
1909
City of birth:
Ljubljana
Country name at time of birth:
Slovenia
Year of death:
1990
City of death:
Belgrade
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Helped run family store
after WW II:
Saleswoman

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