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Oral history interview with Antonio Serri

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.390.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0838

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Antonio Serri, born October 8, 1928 in Venice, Italy, describes his family; his older sister and two younger brothers; how his father moved for work to New York City after Antonio was born; being raised by his mother and his grandmother; his grandmother, who directed the household and was his biggest influence; growing up Catholic; his Jewish and non-Jewish friends; the German occupation in 1941; the general fear of the Germans; the community’s mixed feelings about Mussolini; the numerous Venetian Jewish women who were sent to concentration camps; fixing old guns for the partisans; being saved by his grandmother during a roundup of suspected resisters; his grandmother hiding six Jewish men overnight before they escaped from Italy; working for 18 months at the German arsenal; going to the US in 1946; living in Greenwich, CT, where his father was a butler for a wealthy family; serving in the Korean War; his grandmother’s death in Italy circa 1950; getting married; working for a family friend from Venice for 10 years in the light fixture business; and visiting Venice a few times with his wife.

Interviewee
Antonio Serri
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
2015 October 06  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
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