Oral Interview of Edgar Johnson

Name of Person Interviewed

Edgar J. Johnson

Interviewer

Brenda Moerer

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Description

Edgar J. Johnson discusses German prisoners of war who worked for him from 1944-1945. He also talks about his feelings towards them, their reactions to Minnesota, and the type of work they did.

Biography

Edgar J. Johnson was born in 1923, in Artichoke Township in Big Stone County, Minnesota. His family moved north of Johnson, Minnesota, where they farmed from 1935-1944. In 1945 they moved to a farm near Wheaton, Minnesota. Both farms employed workers from a German prisoner of war camp in Ortonville, Minnesota.

Date of Interview

2-9-1974

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Length (Time)

40:44

Original Format

Audio tape

Current Format

Mp3

Named Persons

Erwin Rommel, Adolf Hitler

Professions

Farmers

Organizations

Geneva Conference, United States. Army

Places

Minnesota—Wheaton, Minnesota—Artichoke Township, Minnesota--Stevens County, Minnesota--Big Stone County, Minnesota—Johnson, Minnesota—Ortonville, South Dakota--Big Stone City, Germany, Russia (Federation)—Moscow, Africa, North, Russia (Federation), Solomon Islands—Guadalcanal, Minnesota—Clinton, France, Great Britain

Keywords

World War (1939-1945), Prisoners of war, Agriculture

ID Number

S259 871

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce these oral interviews must be obtained in writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead Archives.

Disciplines

Oral History | United States History

Oral Interview of Edgar Johnson

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