Josef Baruhovic's mother, Simha Baruhovic, and her sister, Blanka Izrael on the street in Sarajevo

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  • Photo taken in:
    Sarajevo
    Year when photo was taken:
    1937
    Country name at time of photo:
    Kingdom of Yugoslavia, pre 1941
    Country name today:
    Bosnia and Herzegovina

My mother Simha Baruhovic (right) and my aunt, Blanka Izrael. The photo was taken on a street in Sarajevo in 1937 or 1938.

My mati, as we called my mother, Simha (Sida) Baruhovic (maiden name - Izrael), was born in 1906 to a large Sarajevan family.

She had three brothers and three sisters, and they all lived comfortably in Sarajevo where my grandfather, Josef Izrael, made a good living off the shares he owned in various companies. He indulged his children and catered to their interests.

For instance, he sent my mother to Vienna for voice lessons when she was a young woman. She had a wonderful voice and she tried to encourage us to appreciate music as much as she did.

We lived with Aunt Erna and Uncle David for a year and a half until the idiotic evil Ustashe bandits took over from the Italians. Since we knew what it meant to live under Ustashe control, we knew it was time to run.

My father was from Pristina and since that region was still under Italian control my mother decided that should be our next destination. Aunt Erna and Aunt Blanka went to an Italian camp where they were treated correctly and eventually joined the partisans. Uncle David stayed behind and was killed in Mostar.

Interview details

Interviewee: Josef Baruhovic
Interviewer:
Rachel Chanin
Month of interview:
September
Year of interview:
2000
Pristina, Kosovo

KEY PERSON

Simha Baruhovic
Year of birth:
1906
City of birth:
Sarajevo
Year of death:
1980
City of death:
Belgrade
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Housewife
after WW II:
Housewife
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Izrael
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
    Decade of changing: 
    1930

Other Person

Blanka Montiljo
Year of birth:
1890
City of birth:
Sarajevo
Year of death:
1965
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II

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