Avram Kalef and his family

Avram Kalef and his family
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  • Photo taken in:
    Belgrade
    Country name at time of photo:
    Kingdom of Yugoslavia, pre 1941
    Country name today:
    Serbia
This picture was taken in Belgrade in the 1920s. Here you can see my granduncle Avram Kalef and his wife Vukica with their two children, Regina Eskenazi (nee Kalef) and Josko Kalef. They must have been guests at a wedding because of the rosemary branches on their lapels. [Editor's note: The rosemary branches on their lapels are common Serbian wedding tradition. At a wedding they are usually passed around on a tray before the ceremony and the guests purchase them from a young single girl. In most cases it is the practice that this girl gets to keep the money she collects.] Vukica was my granduncle Avram's second wife. From his first marriage he had a daughter, Stella, and with Vukica he had Regina and Josko. They lived at 4 Skenderbegova Street in Belgrade. Regina is one of my few relatives to survive World War II. She married a Bulgarian man named Isak Eskenazi and they lived out the war in Bulgaria. In 1948 she, her husband and her children, Marsel and Avram, left for Israel. I heard from them for a while but then we lost touch. I am sure that she and her husband have died by now, but it would be terribly interesting for me to find out where her children are.

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

Josko Kalef
Jewish name:
Rahela
City of birth:
Belgrade

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