Hana Gasic's grandmother Klara Kohen

Hana Gasic's grandmother Klara Kohen
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  • Photo taken in:
    Sarajevo
    Country name at time of photo:
    Kingdom of Yugoslavia, pre 1941
    Country name today:
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
My Nona Klara is pictured here sometime before her death in 1926. (Nona is Ladino for grandmother.) Here she is pictured in her house near her kanabe, which is Turkish for a type of arm chair. I do not know much about her because she died when my mother Flora was just 13 years old. In this picture she is wearing the traditional hat worn by Sephardic women, the tuka. They say that before the war, tukas were a normal part of dress for Jewish women in Sarajevo. After the war, I never saw a tuka. It is interesting to note that my Nona, though frail and sick, is dressed very decently. This might not be the garb of a wealthy woman but she did have class. Her dress seems distinctly 'urban' considering the millieu.

Interview details

Interviewee: Hana Gasic
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2001
Sarajevo, Bosnia

KEY PERSON

Klara Kohen
City of birth:
Sarajevo
Year of death:
1926
City of death:
Sarajevo
Died:
before WW II

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