Jakov Kalef in Turkey in army uniform

Jakov Kalef in Turkey in army uniform
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  • Photo taken in:
    Carigrad
    Year when photo was taken:
    1918
    Country name at time of photo:
    Turkey
    Country name today:
    Turkey

This is my grandfather uncle Jakov Kalef while he was serving in the military in Carigrad, Turkey. I don't know who the other men are. The photo was taken in 1918.

My grandmother Matilda Kalef was the pillar of the family. She rented out the family apartments and maintained the stores. Her older brother, Granduncle Jakov, helped her. We lived right next to each other, number three and number five Gospodar Jovanova. He took care of her and our family. It was as if he was our grandfather. Granduncle Jakov was on the board of the Jewish community. He was a cantor in the synagogue. Granduncle was involved in Jewish communal life and he kept my father and grandmother informed about everything. Because we were like one family and he was the head of the family. In fact, Jakov and Grandmother were the heads.

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

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