Biography

1892

Birth of Victor Issay Guidalevitch (Виктор Иссаы Гидалевич) in Simferopol (Crimea, Taurida Governorate, Russian Empire) on 2nd September.

Map of the Taurida Governorate (Russian Empire)
Map of the Taurida Governorate (Russian Empire)

Son of Abraham Guidalevich, born in Simferopol in 1860, doctor, and of Sophie Hertzenstein/Gerchenstein, born in Odessa (Russian Empire) in 1870, living at 12, Pouchkinskaya in Simferopol.

12 Pouchkinskaya, Simferopol
12 Pouchkinskaya, Simferopol

1901-1910

Education at the Imperial High School in Simferopol.

1911

Leaves Russia after Jews have been banned from enrolling at university.

Arrives in Belgium on 1st October.
Attends the Science department of Liège University as an unregistered student.

1912

Passes entrance exams at the Faculty of Science.

1914

Enters the Institut Electrique Montefiore, now known as the Department of Electricity, Electronics and Computer Science of the Faculty of Applied Sciences of the University of Liège.

Leaves for Brussels (Ixelles) in November, following the declaration of war.

1917

Abraham Guidalevich and other family members pass away during the turmoil of the October-November Bolshevik revolution in Russia.

Becomes stateless following the adoption of new nationality laws in Russia, which became the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

1918

Returns to Liège after the armistice.

1920

Graduates summa cum laude as an electrical engineer in the summer of 1920.

Hired as an electrical engineer for the Bell Telephone Manufacturing Company in Antwerp on September 20th. Assigned to the laboratory and circuits department.

1925

Becomes a member of the “Iris” photo club in Antwerp, which had been founded in 1908.
Fotografische Kring Iris

1928

Obtains Belgian citizenship (« naturalisation »).

Portrait from the official citizenship request, National Archives of Belgium
Portrait from the official citizenship request, National Archives of Belgium
Letter dated 16 February 1928 to the Belgian Minister of Justice sent as part of the application for naturalization, National Archives of Belgium
Letter dated 16 February 1928 to the Belgian Minister of Justice sent as part of the application for naturalization, National Archives of Belgium

1932

His works appear in several publishings, including the 27th Salon International d'Art Photographique de Paris.

19..?

Wedding with Irma Rÿckaert (Antwerp 17 April 1897 - Wilrijk 19…).

1940

Mandatory registration in the register of Jews in Antwerp and then in Wilrijk.

Avoids deportation thanks to his marriage with Irma Rÿckaert, a Catholic.

Personal file from the Register of Jews in Belgium dated 12 December 1940, Kazerne Dossin
Personal file from the Register of Jews in Belgium dated 12 December 1940, Kazerne Dossin
German decree dated 28 October 1940 regarding measures against Jews
German decree dated 28 October 1940 regarding measures against Jews
Self-portrait (unknown date)
Self-portrait (unknown date)

1947

First colour photographs.

1962

Passes away in Wilrijk/Antwerp on 19 January 1962.

Last home address : 14, Wilgenlaan, Antwerp
Last home address : 14, Wilgenlaan, Antwerp
Grave located in Steytelinck cemetery in Wilrijk/Antwerp
Grave located in Steytelinck cemetery in Wilrijk/Antwerp