Jakov Kalef in front of his store

Jakov Kalef in front of his store
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  • Photo taken in:
    Belgrade
    Country name at time of photo:
    Serbia, pre 1918
    Country name today:
    Serbia

This is my granduncle Jakov Kalef in front of his mens' clothing store on Terazije Street in Belgrade. To his left is his son Josko. Josko was married and lived in Belgrade with his wife and child when the war broke out. To Jakov's  right is a man who worked in the store. Like almost everyone else in my family both Jakov and Josko Kalef were killed in the Holocaust.

On the sign above the store it says: "WAREHOUSE FOR READY-MADE MEN'S AND CHILDREN'S CLOTHING /  1ST PARIS CHIC  / JAKOV KALEF / ESTABLISHED IN 1903."

My grandmother Matilda Kalef and her brother Jakov were partners in this store. Later grandmother also had stores of her own but here they were partners. In the last few years before the war they were not partners any longer.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Jakov Kalef
Decade of birth:
1870
City of birth:
Belgrade
Country name at time of birth:
Serbia
Year of death:
1941
Country of death:
Serbia
Died where:
Serbia
Occupation
before WW II:
Shop owner

Other Person

Josko Kalef
Jewish name:
Rahela
City of birth:
Belgrade

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