Suzana Hacker with her brother Ladislav Hacker

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  • Photo taken in:
    Novi Sad
    Year when photo was taken:
    1936
    Country name at time of photo:
    Kingdom of Yugoslavia, pre 1941
    Country name today:
    Serbia
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Vajda

Photo of my brother Ladislav Ivan Hacker and me. Photo was taken in Novi Sad, 1936.

We lived in the center of Novi Sad. We changed apartments from smaller to bigger or from bigger to smaller based on how my father's work advanced or declined. We belonged to a middle class intellectual urban family. My parents were part of Jewish life in Novi Sad. My father and mother had permanent seats with a plaque marking them in the synagogue. Father, since he came from a religious family, continued to observe Shabbat, go to synagogue, celebrate the holidays, fasts and the like. 

That was up until he was taken into forced labor. We lived in the center in apartments with three to five rooms. My brother went to elementary school and then gymnasium. He studied painting and violin, which he owned. He was taken to prison at 16 because he was in a communist youth group that made trouble for the occupying Hungarians.  He escapted, joined the Partisans and fought the Germans.   

I was a little girl and I went to an English kindergarten, I had a governess, because immediately before the war father's work went well and it allowed us all these things i.e. so that I could go to the English kindergarten, have a governess and a girl who took me on walks. Before the war we were a family of considerable means from every perspective.  At 8 years old I was deported to forced labor and then Terezin.

Interview details

Interviewee: Suzana Petrovic
Interviewer:
Ida Labudovic
Month of interview:
January
Year of interview:
2002
Novi Sad, Serbia

KEY PERSON

Ladislav Hacker
Jewish name:
Ivan
Year of birth:
1925
City of birth:
Pancevo
Country name at time of birth:
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Year of death:
1983
City of death:
Novi Sad
Country of death:
SFR Yugoslavia
Died:
after WW II
Occupation
after WW II:
Teacher

Other Person

Suzana Petrovic
Jewish name:
Blumelle
Year of birth:
1935
City of birth:
Novi Sad
Country name at time of birth:
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Occupation
after WW II:
Professor
  • Previous family name: 
    Hacker
    Year of changing: 
    1960
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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