Born: Vienna, Austria, 30 December 1910
Profession in country of origin: Furrier
Arrived in Britain as a refugee from Austria on 5 June 1939
Male enemy alien - Exemption from internment - Refugee Surname: Bleicher Forename: Fritz Alias: - Date and place of birth: 30/12/1910 in Vienna Nationality: German Police Regn. Cert. No.: 712 520 Home Office ref: C 2004 Address: Kitchener camp, Richborough, Sandwich, Kent Normal occupation: Furrier Present occupation: Agricultural worker in camp Name and address of employer: - Decision of tribunal: Exempted "C" & 9A Date 12/10/1939 Whether exempted from Article 6(A): Yes Whether desires to be repatriated: No Tribunal District: Richborough Camp Tribunal 4
Source: National Arrives, Home Office: Aliens Department: Internees Index, 1939-1947
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Certificate from the Chief of Police in Vienna granting Fritz Bleicher permission to travel to England The Police Chief of Vienna March 6, 1939 Testimony Fritz Bleicher Born December 30, 1910 in Vienna Residing at Praterstrasse 25a, Vienna
Kindly translated by a Kitchener descendant
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.
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.Kindly submitted by Irwin Schreiner – Fritz Bleicher’s nephew