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"Avram Levi Sadić ought to have been forgotten. No one should have remembered him. No one even remembered what he had looked like. No one had kept his photo in their family album. It could be said that no one cared. Even the whereabouts of his grave was unknown. His name did not appear on any list of the millions of Holocaust victims, not even at Yad Vashem. Avram Levi Sadić should have sunk into that dark sea of eternal oblivion, at the bottom of which rest millions no one remembers anymore. The only thing that did remain, that was proof of his existence, was the evidence of his various properties, all of which have survived numerous dismantlings. All that vast property empire has been variously taken apart by all. Firstly, by the invading Germans. In 1941 they were seen throwing bales of socks out of the broken windows, of Avram’s Kljuc Sock Factory. These bales were loaded onto waiting trucks. Those same socks were transported by train to various fronts, and most probably warmed the... feet of German soldiers. Next came the Ustashas. They illegally appropriated his luxury apartment. He was then forced to live in a derelict property in Magrabija Street. From there, Avram eventually escaped to Mostar. The dismemberment continued, on behalf of the people, by Tito's communists. They nationalized everything that survived Avram. Following the Ustashas, the national hero and Communist Vasa Butozan moved into Avram`s luxury apartment. Czech communists also nationalized the four luxury buildings in Karlovy Vary center. Culminating in Avram’s whole portfolio, being confiscated and nationalized by Tito`s Yugoslavia. The complete dismantling was finalized in the aftermath of the Yugoslav disintegration. It is strange but evitable that the most recent owners of Avram’s properties have used his name to attach a byword/ label of high quality and long tradition to their newly acquired ownership of his former property. It all began one day when I picked up the telephone; I was at home in Israel at that time. The caller introduced himself as Amir Ibrišimović. He stated that he was calling in connection with the property of an Avram Levi Sadic. He then informed me of his extensive database detailing the vast assets of the said Avram Levi Sadic, and that he was looking for his living heirs, given that Avram was one of the most powerful, influential, and wealthiest people in the region in the pre-World War II period..."
Keywords:Avram Levi Sadić (? - 1944) - sećanja (memories)
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