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Oral history interview with Salvator Beressi

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1055 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1055

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Salvator Beressi was born in Salonika, Greece on August 14, 1919 to Jewish parents who had come to Greece from Spain. After the Nazi occupation of Greece in 1941, Mr. Beressi worked in the port of Salonika. He refused to register as a Jew in 1943, and joined an underground organization, but was later denounced and imprisoned.

With his family he was transported first to Yugoslavia and then to Auschwitz where, because of his language skills, including fluency in German, he was given a foreman's job. He worked in various capacities in Birkenau. Mr. Beressi was brought as part of a work group to the Warsaw Ghetto in the summer of 1944 to dismantle the ruins there and build barracks. He was then marched to Dachau, and later to Mühldorf, a camp nearby. He was liberated by United States Army troops in May 1945.

After the war, Mr. Beressi married and was a businessman in Germany. He immigrated to Stockton, California in 1950. He settled in Hillsborough and established a successful business, Sal Beressi Fabrics, in San Francisco. He divorced his first wife, remarried and had two sons. Mr. Beressi died in 2008.

Interviewee
Salvator Beressi
Date
1989 July 31  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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