Fritz Bleicher – Memories

Fritz Bleicher (changed his name to Fred in 1945 when he became a US citizen).

Fritz was born on 30th December 1910.

He was a furrier (Kurschner).

Fritz arrived at Dover on 5th June, 1939, and left Kitchener camp in March 1940.

He then immigrated to America and married Herta Naginsky, a Viennese refugee, in 1942. He became a US citizen in 1945, and had his name changed to Fred. Fred and Herta lived in the Washington DC area and worked at the well-known Woodward and Lothrup department store.

They enjoyed listening to classical records and exploring Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, grateful to be living a life that was so different from the dangers fate had presented them.

Fred died of cancer in 1963 when I was 10 years old. He was taken to St Paul, Minnesota, for burial.

Herta moved to St Paul to be with her sister Lola and her brother-in-law Oskar Schreiner.

Herta and Lola had fled Vienna in October 1939. Their parents emigrated from Vienna to St Paul in March 1939.

My father, Oskar, was arrested on Kristallnacht.

Oskar Schreiner, Postcard, Dachau, 9 November 1939
Oskar Schreiner, Postcard, Dachau, 9 November 1939

He went from Dachau to Sedge Fen, England, then to Huyton near Liverpool, then to the Isle of Man, and then to an internment camp in Quebec, Canada. Finally, he came to Minnesota.

Oskar was interviewed for the USC Shoah Foundation project: http://vhaonline.usc.edu/viewingPage?testimonyID=14699&returnIndex=0#

Oscar Schreiner, Reference, Chivers and Sons Ltd, 2 January 1943
Oscar Schreiner, Reference, Chivers and Sons Ltd, 2 January 1943

Kindly submitted by Irwin Schreiner – Fritz Bleicher’s nephew