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Athens, Georgia
April 11, 2004
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Israel Berger was born in Elloree, South Carolina. His father, Isaac, came from Lithuania via Baltimore, Maryland. Isaac married Ida Zlota who was from Savannah. Isaac and Ida had seven children: five boys (Albert, Israel, Mortie, Leonard and Aaron) and two girls (Dora and Esther). Isaac was a shochet, had a dry-goods store for a while and then became a peddler. At various points Isaac also speculated in real estate, especially in Florida, and sold furs and pelts. The family moved around the south, living in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. His father helped to found B'nai B'rith Synagogue in Savannah, Georgia where Israel was bar mitzvahed. Israel studied medicine and served in the United States Navy in a medical capacity in World War II. After the war he married Pauline Manker and they had two children: Michael and Marc. Israel became a radiologist and practiced radiology in hospitals across the United States until he moved to Athens, Georgia to open a private practice in 1956. Pauline became a social worker. They retired in 1984 and traveled the United States until Pauline had a stroke in August 1985. Israel discusses his childhood in the south, including how his family survived during the Great Depression, his medical career in the military, intermarriage, and encounters with antisemitism in his childhood, university education and the Navy.

OHC-Israel Berger

Israel Berger (1919 - ) - Oral History

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Georgia Board of Education

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Elloree (S.C.)
South Carolina

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Jews - Dietary Laws

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Berger, Ida Z.

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World War, 1939-1945

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Congregation B'nai B'rith Jacob (Savannah, Ga.)

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