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Oral history interview with Eric J. Hamberg

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

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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.

Interviewee
Mr. Eric Hamberg
Interviewer
Ms. Kacey Bayles
Date
2012 August 08  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 digital files : WAV.