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Oral history interview with Ed Gardner

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2012.223.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0672

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    Oral history interview with Ed Gardner


    Interview Summary
    Edward J Gardner (né Ogrodowczyk), born in 1927 in Natrona, PA, discusses his father, who died when Edward was young; his mother, who emigrated from Poland; growing up in Natrona; attending the Har-Brack High School until he was drafted into the US Army; hearing about the war when he was 13 years old playing with his friends; wanting to join the Navy, but not being able because he is colorblind; going through 16 weeks of basic training at Camp Gordon; being drafted the day before Germany surrendered and being on his last few weeks of training when Japan surrendered; being sent from New York, to Le Havre, France, and then to Nuremberg, Germany, where he guarded the prison; being stationed at the SS Kaserne; guarding numerous prisoners, including Fritz Sauckel (Plenipotentiary General for the Deployment of Labor), Albert Speer (Hitler’s Personal architect and Minister of Armaments and Munitions), and Hermann Goering; visiting Berchtesgaden and the cave that Hitler kept there; observing one day in the courtroom during the trial of Admiral Dönitz; being sent to Amberg, Germany where he was a squad leader; returning to the US; working for PPG Industries for 40 years in the shipping department; and moving to Carlisle, PA.
    Ed Gardner
    Dr. Leah Wolfson
    interview:  2012 August 29

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    Administrative Notes

    Leah Wolfson, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Ed Gardner by telephone on August 29, 2012.
    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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