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Oral history interview with Eric J. Hamberg

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2012.149.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0663

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    Oral history interview with Eric J. Hamberg


    Interview Summary
    Eric Hamberg, born in Mannheim, Germany, describes growing up in Ludwigshafen, Germany; his parents; attending school; his non-Jewish friends; the Nazi rise to power in 1933; graduating from high school in 1937; being an apprentice chef; the events on Kristallnacht; his father’s imprisonment in a concentration camp; going to England in June 1939; working at a small hotel right near the beach in Cliftonville; taking care of Jewish children who had come to England via Kindertransports; going to the United States in May 1940; finding a job in Chatham, NJ; being drafted in 1942; training at Fort Dix and Camp Rucker; working in the kitchen; experiencing antisemitism in the army; being sent to Oran, Algeria; going from Tunisia to Sicily; being in the 84th Chemical Mortar Battalion; experiencing combat; being sworn in as a US citizen; being part of the invasion of Anzio; being a sergeant for most of the war, then becoming a platoon leader towards the end of the war; supporting the 10th Mountain Division at the Brenner Pass between Austria and Italy; how he earned the Bronze Star; the death of his friend at Lake Garda; the end of the war and going to Newark, NJ, where his sister also lived; attending cosmetology school on the GI Bill; and meeting his wife.
    Mr. Eric Hamberg
    Ms. Kacey Bayles
    interview:  2012 August 08

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    Oral histories.
    2 digital files : WAV.

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    Hamberg, Eric J.

    Administrative Notes

    Kacey Bayles, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Eric J. Hamberg on August 8, 2012 in New York, NY.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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