Sherafedin Berisha

Pristina | Date: May 5, 2022 | Duration: 115 minutes

My grandmother received it the worst, and then my mother too. My father took it well, he took it well. Even my wife, compared to what I thought, she took it very well. Actually when they sentenced me to five years, she said, ‘I was relieved when they gave you five years.’ I asked, ‘Why?’ She said, ‘I thought they were releasing you,’ and said, ‘and would label you as a traitor.’ It felt good. […] prior to my sentence being pronounced, I was prepared to be sentenced to up to ten years.  I prepared myself to not mind it up to ten years, above ten years would’ve been more difficult to handle. When they said five, it really felt like they told me I was being released. Because it didn’t seem like a long sentence compared to other friends.

Anita Susuri (Interviewer), Renea Begolli (Camera)

Sherafedin Berisha was born in 1954 in Pristina. He studied at the Faculty of Economics in the University of Pristina. After completing military service in 1980, he worked as a warehouse worker in Hotel Božur and Grand Hotel in Pristina. Due to his political activity, in the end of 1981 he was arrested and sentenced to three years in prison. In 1994 he emigrated together with his family in Germany, where he was engaged in the Three Percent Fund. After the war in 1999, he returned to work as a warehouse worker in Grand Hotel, where he worked until the privatization of this enterprise in 2006. Today, Mr. Berisha is retired and lives with his family in Pristina.