Sloan, Ernest oral history interview

Steve Hochstadt, Bates College

Ernest G. Sloan (originally Schlohn) was born in 1920 in Europe to a Sephardic Jewish family. His father was related to the Singer family, originators of the sewing machine, held an executive position in the family firm, and moved to Shanghai in 1932. Sloan went to high school and university in Shanghai. During the war, Sloan acted as translator for the American "Flying Tigers" under General Chennault, and was connected with American military intelligence. He was imprisoned by the Japanese for arms smuggling in 1943. He broadcast news and commentary from a clandestine radio station to the Shanghai Jewish community under the name of Peter Adams. In 1948, Sloan testified at the trial of Japanese soldiers who killed two jailed British policemen in Shanghai during the war. Since coming to the United States, Sloan has been a radio broadcaster and writer. He lives in Florida.


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