Maltese-American remembers shipyard and WWII


This Friday, May 7, at 6 p.m., John B. Saliba, a 94-year-old Maltese-American who lives in New York, will speak in English to anthropologist Michael Deguara about his time at the shipyard in the 1940s and his memories alive from World War II.

The conference is moderated by the Oral traditions project of the Department of Maltese at the University of Malta which is supported by the University Research Fund and Klabb Kotba Maltin.

Saliba, originally from Żabbar and now living in New York City, will share his experience working in the shipyard between 1941 and 1949, as well as memories of WWII.

He will talk about the practical apprenticeship of the trades that once existed, of apprenticeship in the shipyard, of the dangers that the workers faced and of the accidents that occurred, of his relations with the Italian prisoners, of the “air fights” between airplanes. war, and much more. Part of his art will also be exhibited.

The conference will be in English to be accessible to those who do not speak Maltese, including Saliba’s family.

However, Saliba has the Maltese language very much at heart, and has never forgotten it, and the audience will be able to ask questions or make comments in English and Maltese.

Dr Dawn Adrienne Saliba, Saliba’s granddaughter, who is studying archeology at the University of Malta, was instrumental in hosting this conference.

Everyone is welcome to attend this online event which will be broadcast on the project’s Facebook page. It-Tradizzjoni Orali and on Zoom:

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