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April 27, 2009
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Edward Filler was born in Manhattan, New York and grew up in the area. His family spent their summers in Lakewood, New Jersey and he recalls the crash of the Hindenburg on May 6, 1937. He heard the explosion and later saw the ruins of the zeppelin. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated at the end of 1943. He joined the military while he was still in college and when he graduated he was commissioned and was sent to Camp Carlyle in Pennsylvania to be trained to be a military dentist. He was first assigned to giving soldiers who were going overseas dental care and then he himself was sent overseas. He cross the Atlantic on the Queen Mary, which had been turned into a troop ship. He arrived in Europe in late June 1944, just after the landing in Normandy. He was sent directly to France where he worked on Omaha Beach. He had to go ashore just as the other soldiers did, by wading through the water and crawling up onto the beach. He joined the 195th Hospital unit that was assigned to support the 101st Airborne division. In addition to tending to the soldiers' teeth he often had to fill in as a medical doctor on the front line. He was then assigned to support the Combat Engineers, and before joining them he got to spend some time in Paris, France. As the army moved through France and into Germany, Dr. Filler followed. When they reached Bamberg, Germany his unit had to build a bridge over the Danube River while under fire, including the medical unit which was right behind them. Eventually they broke through and made it to the Nuremberg area and his unit came upon Dachau concentration camp very shortly after its liberation. His unit only stayed in Dachau one day before they moved on, but what he saw was indelibly etched in his memory. Dr. Filler's unit also stopped at Berchtesgaden, where Hitler's retreat called Eagle's Nest was located. He explored the guest villas at the base of the mountain and Hitler's villa at the top. His unit was in Salzburg, Austria when the war ended. He set up one of his last clinics in Grundlsea, Austria near Linz. Dr. Filler remained in the military and was sent to Vienna where he became the dental surgeon for the 42nd Rainbow Division. He lived in Vienna until the war in the Pacific ended and then returned to the United States where he pursued his career in dentistry. Dr. Filler discusses antisemitism in the medical corps and his various experiences as a doctor/dentist in the European Theater of Operations.

OHC-Edward Filler

Edward Filler (Dr.) (1919 - ) - Oral History

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Malmedy (Belgium)
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World War, 1939-1945--European Theatre of Operations
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Germany


V-2 Rocket


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Soldiers, German


Lebensborn


Mein Kampf


United States--Armed Forces. Antisemitism
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Danube River
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Nuremberg, Germany
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Dachau (Concentration Camps: Germany)
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Concentration Camps: Germany
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Siemens Aktiengesellschaft


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Concentration Camp Guards
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Emigration and Immigration


Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
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Vienna (Austria)
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Penicillin (antibiotic)


Atomic Bombing of Japan, 1945
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World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--France--Normandy


Edinburgh (Scotland)
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