Judita Jovanovic's paternal grandfather's family

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  • Country name at time of photo:
    Austria-Hungary, pre 1918

This is the Bohem family, my paternal grandfather’s family. One of the children in the picture is my grandfather. The photo was taken in the 1890s. 

My grandfather, Imre, was born in Kisber, Hungary in 1885. He changed his name from Mirko Bohem to Imre Biro in order to ease his assimilation into the local life. He worked as a mechanical engineer for the Yugoslav railroad. Because of his job, the family moved around a lot. When my father was born they lived in Vinkovci. Then they lived in Subotica  from 1914 to 1918. When my father finished primary school they moved from Subotica to Mostar. When my grandfather retired, they moved to Belgrade. When the Jews in Belgrade were forced to register at Tasmajdan Park, during the war, my grandparents escaped to Subotica, where they remained until they were deported in 1944. 

Interview details

Interviewee: Judita Jovanovic
Belgrade, Serbia

KEY PERSON

Imre Biro
Year of birth:
1885
City of birth:
Kisber
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary
Year of death:
1944
City of death:
Auschwitz
Country of death:
Poland
Died where:
Auschwitz
Occupation
before WW II:
Technician/engineer
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Mirko Bohem
    Reason for changing: 
    Assimilation
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