Matilda Cerge and her sister Breda Simonovic

Matilda Cerge and her sister Breda Simonovic
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  • Photo taken in:
    Belgrade
    Country name at time of photo:
    SFR Yugoslavia, 1945-1991
    Country name today:
    Serbia

My sister Breda and I had this picture taken after the war, but I don't remember where and when.

Very soon after the war my sister and I joined the Jewish community. We were working and couldn't go often. We went periodically. Now that I am free I can go more often. But all the time we were members of the Jewish community. My sister even sang with the choir and went to Israel with them in 1952, '54, '56, '58. Breda was also in Israel for six months performing with the Israeli Opera Company from September 1964 to March 1965.

In 1946 I went to Slovenia to my uncle, a dentist, to work a little there. But I didn't last long there, and in 1947 I returned to Belgrade. I got a job at the dental clinic. My future husband, Onton Cerge, came to visit me, this and that, and in 1948 we married. I went to live with him on Topcidarski Brdo. We married on 8th September 1948 at the Savski Venac municipal office. My mother and sister were not present. There was no celebration after the ceremony.

Interview details

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

KEY PERSON

Matilde Cerge
Jewish name:
Rahela
Year of birth:
1929
City of birth:
Belgrade
Occupation
before WW II:
High school student
after WW II:
Dental technician
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Ograjensek
    Year of changing: 
    1941
    Reason for changing: 
    Assumed name during WWII
  • Previous family name: 
    Kalef
    Year of changing: 
    1948
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

Other Person

Breda Simonovic
Year of birth:
1931
City of birth:
Belgrade
Occupation
before WW II:
Student
after WW II:
Opera singer
  • Previous family name: 
    Ograjensek
    Year of changing: 
    1941
    Reason for changing: 
    Assumed name during WWII
  • Previous family name: 
    Kalef
    Year of changing: 
    1958
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage
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