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Audio/Visual
Atlanta, Georgia
September 17, 2003
Tape/transcript
45 pages
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Albert Berger was born in Elloree, South Carolina. His father Isaac, came from Lithuania via Baltimore, Maryland. Isaac married Ida who was from Savannah. Isaac and Ida Zlota 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 awhile 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. In Savannah, when Albert was five years old, he was hit by a stolen car and was badly injured. He went to the University of South Carolina in 1937 at the early age of 16. He had to work selling shoes to pay the tuition. From an early age, Albert had wanted to fly airplanes and while he was at the University he managed to save up $2 to take an airplane ride. When Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941 Albert joined the Navy and began training as a fighter pilot. Eventually he served in the Atlantic campaign hunting down German submarines (during which time he managed to 'sink' a whale he mistook for a submarine) and then was transferred to the Pacific theater and served on the USS Wasp, an aircraft carrier. He wasn't in the Pacific long as the war ended and he returned to civilian life. He attended Emory University dental school, married Joyce in 1952 and had four children. He is retired from his dental career and died in 2009. Albert discusses his father's business activities extensively, his family, his childhood in various parts of the south, his military service as a Navy pilot extensively and his activities after the war.

OHC-Albert Berger

Albert Berger (1920 - 2009) - Oral History

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Berger, A. Albert, 1920-2009


Elloree (S.C.)
South Carolina

South Carolina


Florida


Real Estate Business


Emigration and Immigration


Sarasota, Florida
Florida

Venice, Florida
Florida

Lakeland (Fla.)
Florida

Okeechobee, Florida
Florida

Berger, Harry


Rubenstein, Fannie Berger


Rubenstein, Wolf


Statesboro, North Carolina
North Carolina

Baltimore (Md.)
Maryland

Maryland


Peddlers and Peddling


Shochet
Jews - Dietary Laws

Jews--Dietary Laws


Onancock, Virginia


Virginia


Lithuania


Shtetels (Shtetlach)


Geffen, Tobias (Rabbi) (1870 - 1970)
Rabbis

Rabbis


Fur Industry and Trade


Agriculture


Drummers (sellers of pelts to furriers)
Fur industry and trade

Berger, Ida Zlota


Berger, Aaron


Berger, Israel


Lumber industry and trade


Sylvania, Georgia
Georgia

Lincolnton, Georgia
Georgia

Traffic Accidents


Model-T Ford
Automobiles

Automobiles


University of South Carolina
Universities and colleges

Universities and Colleges


Dry Goods
General Stores; Dime Stores; Department Stores

Jewish soldiers


United States. Navy


Berger, Mortie


Trapping (animals)


Kosher Food
Jews - Dietary Laws

Rosh Ha-Shanah
Judaism - Fasts and Feasts; High Holidays

High Holidays
Judaism - Fasts and Feasts; Yom Kippur; Rosh Ha-Shanah

Talmud Torah


Congregation Beth Jacob (Atlanta, Ga.)
Synagogues

Synagogues


Minyan
Judaism - Worship

Judaism - Worship


Bar Mitzvah
Judaism - Customs and Practices

Judaism--Customs and Practices


Pensacola, Florida
Florida

Aviators, Military


Fraternal Organizations


Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
White Supremacy Movements

White Supremacy Movements


Shoe Industry and Trade


Flight Training


Augusta (Ga.)
Georgia

Biltmore Hotel (Atlanta, Ga.)
Hotels

Hotels


Georgia Military Academy (College Park, Ga.)


St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida

Naval Air Station - Millington, Tennessee
|Military bases

Tennessee


Berger, Leonard


World War, 1939-1945


Submarine warfare


Melbourne, Florida
Florida

Vero Beach, Florida
Florida

Night fighters (aircraft)


USS Wasp (aircraft carrier)
World War, 1939-1945; Ships, military

Maui (Hawaiian Islands)


World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean
World War, 1939-1945

USS Saratoga (aircraft carrier)
World War, 1939-1945; Ships, military

Guam (island)


United States. Army Air Forces
Armed Forces--United States

Baxter (Ga.)
Georgia

LeMay, Curtis (General)


Berger, Joyce


Emory University
Universities and Colleges

Dental Schools


Norcross, Georgia
Georgia

Berger, Isaac L.


Weinstein, Dora Berger


Military Bases


Rabhan, Esther Berger


Whales (marine mammal)


North Carolina


Ships, military


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