Oral History Project

Interviewing a Ridgefield residentFred Montanari’s memories of the Battle of the Bulge. Gys Landsberger’s story of escaping from the Nazis through the mountains of Spain. Jim Principi’s description of the air and sea war in the Pacific as seen from the carrier Intrepid. None will be lost. They are part of the Ridgefield Historical Society’s Oral History Project, which has preserved the memories of many World War II veterans.

The World War II archive includes the recollections of many Ridgefield men and women. They tell stories of the war in Europe, the Pacific, and at home. Oral histories from the home front include: Helen Pfeifer setting up prisoner-of-war camps across the South and Midwest; Artie Frattini guarding captured German soldiers at a prisoner-of-war camp; and Margaret Malval’s days as a plane spotter on Ridgefield’s East Ridge.

The Ridgefield Oral History Project continues to grow, and anyone with suggestions of people with recollections of World War II or Ridgefield in the old days is invited to call 203-438-5821 or email us.

Oral History Interviews