Following the German occupation of Belgrade in April 1941, Jews were forced to identify their businesses as Jewish-owned. Heinrich and Frida Akons, who had a shop on the main street of Belgrade, hung the sign written in Serbo-Croat and German, as required. In 1941, when Heinrich was required to report to the police station like other men, he had the presence of mind to leave and return home. The experience was enough to make him decide to flee with his wife, Frida and their 3 children.
Using forged Italian passports they left the country, leaving some of their possessions with a Serb friend. Among their belongings was the sign from the store.
The family went from place to place: Albania, Croatia, areas under Bulgarian and Italian control, and also found refuge in the partisan villages.
The Akons family survived the war and returned to Belgrade, but following the Communist rise to power and the nationalization of the store, they immigrated to Israel.