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Collection Fred Hager Family Papers
Object Name Collection
Catalog Number RG-29
Dates of Creation 1997
Extent of Description 0.2 linear foot (1 box)
Creator Arnold Hager
Admin/Biographical History Fred Hager (born Fritz Hamburger) was born on October 8, 1915. He was raised in Breslau, Poland where he lived with his mother, grandparents, and two siblings.

In 1936 Fred was arrested after being turned into authorities for dating a non-Jewish, German (Aryan) woman. He was sentenced to one year in prison, which he served before being sent to Buchenwald. As a prisoner, he was forced to build components of the camp.

Fred’s mother, Jenny, eventually negotiated his release. Once free, Fred attempted to go to Israel through Genoa, Italy, but was unable to get a spot on a ship out. He returned to Poland and was later deported to a labor camp. His mother was deported to a ghetto, likely with the rest of Fred’s family. After this separation, Fred was sent to four additional camps: Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau, and Aufing, a sub camp of Dachau.

Fred was liberated in May 1945, but remained hospitalized until December 1945. While recovering, he met his future wife, Kathy, who was a Catholic, German nurse from Bavaria. The couple married in 1946, and had their first child, Dorothy, in 1947.

The Hager family moved to the States in 1951, and had two sons in the U.S. The family eventually settled in Richmond, Virginia.
Copyrights No restrictions on use.
Language of Material English
Scope & Content The Hager, Fred (Hamburger, Fritz) Family Papers contain interview notes and copies of photographs. Interview notes provide basic biographic details on Fred’s family, explain his experience during the Holocaust, and also discuss his life in the United States. They do not indicate who the interview was conducted with. Photographs are of the Hager family. These photographs include Fred, Fred and Kathy on their wedding day, and a portrait of Fred, Kathy, Dorothy, and Manfred.
Subjects Bavaria, Germany
Muhldorf, Bavaria, Germany
Breslau, Poland
Buchenwald (concentration camp)
Auschwitz (concentration camp)
Dachau (concentration camp)
Ampfing (concentration camp)
United States – Emigration and immigration – History – 20th Century
Holocaust, Jewish—(1939-1945)—Poland